Several of my friends are becoming vegetarian, but I prefer the Mediterranean diet. Which is best for heart health?
Both a vegetarian diet and the Mediterranean diet have been shown to be helpful in losing weight. A vegetarian diet seems to be better at reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol, while the Mediterranean diet is better at reducing triglycerides, a ‘bad’ fat. However, realworld data shows that not all vegetarian diets are equal. For example, India, where a high proportion of the population is vegetarian, has much higher rates of heart disease than Australia and New Zealand. The strongest evidence of dietary impact on heart attacks, strokes and death has been found with Mediterranean diets that include fish and small amounts of lean meat.