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Once again, eating a diet based on fish, legumes, vegetables, and moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to lower chances of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or other vascular "events," according to a new study of New York City residents.
The mostly Hispanic and black study participants did not necessarily eat traditional foods from Mediterranean countries, but the closer their diets were to the spirit of Mediterranean eating — with plenty of fish, healthy fats like olive oil, whole grains, and vegetables — the lower their risk of death from vascular problems including heart attacks.
"While it's not the Mediterranean diet, it is comparing a healthier diet to a less-healthy diet, and there was some improvement," said Teresa Fung, a professor at Simmons College in Boston who was not involved in the study.