The two best diets for heart disease prevention

Researchers compare Mediterranean and vegetarian approaches

A study comparing the efficacy of either a vegetarian or Mediterranean diet has found both are equally good at preventing cardiovascular disease.

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Both diets reduced body fat and overall weight by the same amount.Those on the vegetarian diet had greater reductions in LDL cholesterol but Mediterranean dieters achieved greater reductions in triglycerides.

Previous research has confirmed the effectiveness of both diets, but this is the first time researchers have compared the two, say the authors.

The study included 107 healthy but overweight people aged 18-75, who