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Apr 26, 2016 11:53 AM

Junk food may not be as bad as we think, new study says - but there's a catch

Maybe you don't have to put down the junk food after all.

A new study by researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand has found that junk food is not as harmful when it is combined with a Mediterranean diet with a lot of fruit, vegetables, and fish.

The study looked at over 15,000 people in 39 different countries and found that a Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than those with a western diet including sweets, desserts, deep-fried food and sugary drinks.

After revisiting participants three and a half years later, it was determined that 10.1 percent of the participants had suffered cardiovascular events but the group that was effected more was those who had a western diet.

The study doesn't mean that people can eat junk food without any harm, but that people should focus more on eating good food than not eating bad food.

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