Healthy Sandwich can Cut Heart Disease Risk

Written by + on June 7, 2013

Sandwich lovers now have a reason to continue eating what they love but only if it’s the healthy type. A new study has found that eating a healthy sandwich on a regular basis can reduce a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke by 30 percent.

Is a sandwich in the evening more fattening than one at lunchtime?

What type of sandwich should one really eat and what ingredients should one use? The research findings published in the England Journal of Medicine specified the Mediterranean diet which means you need to use a baguette made from whole wheat, fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula, a slice of ripe tomato and a little extra virgin olive oil.

While this kind of food benefits the baby boomers in their 50s at risk of heart problems, the experts also said any kind of diet rich in beans, olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables is always healthy. Other than the food people eat, they added that how we eat is an important consideration as well.

Skipping meals and overeating should be avoided if possible. Exercise is as vital and should also be incorporated in one’s daily activities.

In the new study conducted by researchers at the University of Barcelona, men and women aged 55 to 80 were given a special diet and received training on how to eat meals in a five-year period. Those who ate a diet rich in nuts and oil lowered their risk of cardiac events.

A Mediterranean diet, while it has moderate to high fat content, is rich in healthy fats and not the saturated type common in animal products such as red meat and butter.

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