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Reduction in excess calories and improvement in dietary composition may prevent many primary and secondary cardiovascular events. Current guidelines recommend diets high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes; moderate in low-fat dairy and seafood; and low in processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains, and sodium. Supplementation can be useful for some people but cannot replace a good diet. Factors that influence individuals to consume a low-quality diet are myriad and include lack of knowledge, lack of availability, high cost, time scarcity, social and cultural norms, marketing of poor quality foods, and palatability. Governments should focus on cardiovascular disease as a global threat and enact policies that will reach all levels of society and create a food environment wherein healthy foods are accessible, affordable, and desirable. Health professionals should be proficient in basic nutritional knowledge to promote a sustainable pattern of healthful eating for cardiovascular disease prevention for both healthy individuals and those at higher risk. Behavior modification is a key strategy that may prevent a large number of primary and secondary cardiovascular events 1. Suboptimal diet is responsible for an estimated 1 in 5 premature deaths globally from — 2. Observational study of human diet and health outcomes are challenging due to difficulties in measuring dietary intakes 3 and potential problems with generalizability and confounding 4. While randomized trials provide stronger potential for causal inference, they typically have small sample sizes, short durations of follow-up, noncompliance, high attrition rates, and ethical constraints 5. Thus, current dietary recommendations are based on a combination of human observational and intervention trial evidence supplemented by findings from mechanistic studies 6.