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'Polymeal' could be a panacea

Posted - Dec. 18, 2004 at 11:20 a.m.



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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 18, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Dutch scientists say eating one meal a day of fish, garlic, almonds, fruit, vegetables and chocolate, plus wine, cuts the risk of heart disease by 76 percent.

Known as a Polymeal, a team from Erasmus University in Rotterdam said eating it once a day regularly would increase men's life expectancy by 6.6 years and women by 4.8 years, the New Scientist reported Saturday.

It also cut the risk of heart disease by 76 percent, they said in an article published in the Dec. 25 issue of the British Medical Journal.

The team based their model on a long-running heart health study, called the Framingham study, which has followed a population in Massachusetts for 46 years.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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