Harvard Heart Letter

Come back to the garden of eatin'

A better diet doesn't offer paradise, but it's nirvana for your heart and health.

Once upon a time, "Eat a low-fat diet" was the standard advice for people with heart disease, those trying to avoid it, and virtually everyone else. That's no longer the case.

The low-fat mantra, which was based on seemingly solid assumptions, has been edged aside by real research. This ongoing work has upended long-held conventions about heart-healthy eating — and caused some confusion in the process. In our first-ever food issue, we'll try to clear up some of this confusion.

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