Heart health not tied to weight loss

A Mediterranean diet can improve heart health even if dietary changes aren’t coupled with weight loss, new research shows.

The researchers studied the cardiovascular effects of a carbohydrate-rich diet, a protein-rich diet and a diet rich in unsaturated fats.

The researchers found that a generally balanced diet higher in unsaturated fats such as those in avocados, olive oil and nuts, improves insulin use significantly more than a diet high in carbohydrates.

The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Orlando.

Read more at Johns Hopkins University