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37 'Healthy' Things You Have Permission to Stop Doing Right Now

Reader's Digest Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 37: 'Many years ago we would advise patients to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease. This theory has now been disproven. Now the research shows that a Mediterranean diet, complete with extra-virgin olive oil and nuts is associated with a <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/30-ways-to-reduce-your-risk-of-heart-disease-and-stroke/">reduced risk of major cardiovascular events</a>. I now tell patients not to worry about avoiding cholesterol, and to <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/healthy-fats/1">eat plenty of healthy fats</a>. Today the real danger to heart health is added sugars, especially those in sweetened beverages such as soda.' —Andrew D. Atiemo, MD, an interventional cardiologist in Flagstaff, Arizona

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'Many years ago we would advise patients to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease. This theory has now been disproven. Now the research shows that a Mediterranean diet, complete with extra-virgin olive oil and nuts is associated with a reduced risk of major cardiovascular events. I now tell patients not to worry about avoiding cholesterol, and to eat plenty of healthy fats. Today the real danger to heart health is added sugars, especially those in sweetened beverages such as soda.' —Andrew D. Atiemo, MD, an interventional cardiologist in Flagstaff, Arizona

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