Cardiovascular disease

Hart en vaatziekten 15712696An unhealthy diet  influences the occurrence of a number of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease. In 2012, cardiovascular disease caused 28% of deaths in women and 27% of deaths in men in the Netherlands (report “Cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands 2013” Dutch Heart Foundation). Studies and research have shown that the Mediterranean Diet protects against the development of cardiovascular disease, because the consumption of vegetables, fruit, high-fibre products and fish reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  Moreover, the Mediterranean Diet is low in saturated fatty acids and trans fats (which increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease)  and rich in olive oil, which has a high monosaturated fat content and improves the cholesterol level in the blood. The guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet but also the guidelines of Good Food as advised by the Health Council recommend:

  • to eat at least 200 grams of vegetables and 200 grams of fruit every day
  • to limit the use of saturated fat to less than 10% of the daily energy intake
  • to eat fish at least twice a week of which fatty fish at least once a week