New Study Shows ‘Pro-Vegetarian’ Diet Helps Heart Health
A new massive study shows that a plant based diet can contribute to people having less chance of heart-disease and stroke.
The European study worked with over 450,000 adults aged 35 to 70. The participants were interviewed about their eating habits and lifestyle. Based on the responses, they were given a score on how “pro-vegetarian” their diet was. Over 13 years, over 5,000 of those participants died of heart related problems. The people with a diet that was 70 percent or more plant based were 20 percent less likely to be among the fatalities.
While lead researcher Camille Lassale, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, in England, warned that the study doesn’t necessarily prove that a vegetarian diet was responsible for the participants’ better health, she did say they are consistent with previous research showing its benefits.
“This isn’t revolutionary,” Lassale said of the findings. “It’s a simple message: Replace some meat, eggs and dairy with beans, nuts, [grains] and vegetables.”
The exception to that rule is fish that the American Heart Association does recommend eating at least twice a week because of its omega-3s fatty acids, following more of a Mediterranean style diet than a vegetarian one.
”The results are important because they demonstrate that people do not need to follow a total vegetarian diet to lower their risk for cardiovascular disease,”said Rachel Johnson, a professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of Vermont. “Moving toward a more plant-based diet appears to be beneficial without going completely vegetarian.”
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