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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Vegetarians have lower heart risk

An 11 year study of 44,500 people in the UK showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease. Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost. The findings were published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Dr Francesca Crowe said: "The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health, I'm not advocating that everyone eats a vegetarian diet.The diets are quite different. Vegetarians probably have a lower intake of saturated fat so it makes senses there is a lower risk of heart disease."


British Heart Foundation spokesperson, Tracy Parker told the BBC "This research reminds us that we should try to eat a balanced and varied diet, whether this includes meat or not. But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.If you're thinking of switching to a vegetarian diet, make sure you plan your meals carefully so that you replace any lost vitamins and minerals, such as iron, that you would normally get from meat."

Whilst any major dietary decision should be done in consideration with your doctor, cutting down on meat and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake should help you have a healthier lifestyle.

2 comments:

  1. another good reason to be a veggie!

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    1. Yes indeed Sarah, although I don't think I could go totally vegetarian.

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