Western diet and heart risk

Previous studies have shown that a Western-style diet, rich in meat and dairy foods, increases the risk of heart disease. A large study in 52 countries confirms that a poor diet accounts for 30 per cent of heart attack risk. Results showed that diets high in meat, dairy and salt increased the risk, while a higher fruit and vegetable intake lowered it. This study confirms that changing your diet can help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Iqbal et al., 2008. Dietary patterns and the risk of acute myocardial infarction in 52 countries: results of the INTERHEART study. Circulation. 118 (19) 1929-1937.