Dietary patterns high in animal foods were strongly related to 25-year CHD mortality rates.
Already in the 18th century chocolate was believed to strengthen the heart, but this benefit was not based on scientific evidence.
The Seven Countries Study did two analyses that suggest that black tea consumption is inversely related to cardiovascular diseases.
The results suggest that low intake of wine may indeed protect against cardiovascular diseases.
The role of vitamins in relation to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases is controversial.
Cholesterol found in the blood serum is, in higher quantities, associated with a higher incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD). This is the conclusion after observing serum cholesterol levels and CHD risk mortality for forty years.
The decrease in trans fat intake during the following period has been the most important change in the Dutch diet.