Diet and CVD

Eating is one of the pleasures in life and so important to us that we would like to know its influence on risk of CVD. In the 1960s the Seven Countries Study collected 7-day food records among samples of the 16 cohorts. Longitudinal dietary data representing the usual food consumption of all men were collected in the Zutphen Study (read more). The foods were summarized in 16 food groups and were used to describe dietary patterns.

Diet can be analyzed on three levels: the components in foods such as nutrients or bioactive compounds, the actual foods and drinks, and dietary patterns. Diet and CVD were studied on all three levels.

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Three main groups of dietary factors were assessed in the study: