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But she said the analysis reaffirms the benefits of a Mediterranean diet -- rich in vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil -- compared to a Western diet, heavy on processed meats, red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy.
Beyond that, she found no reason to tear up your grocery list based on the findings.
"It's really about the totality of the usual eating pattern, rather than whether you ate a hot dog on opening day of baseball season," Van Horn said.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health supported the research.
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