Semi-Vegetarian Diet Helps Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  March 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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A new study presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting has revealed that a semi-vegetarian diet, where proportion of plant-based foods is higher compared to animal-based foods, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke significantly.
 Semi-Vegetarian Diet Helps Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke
Semi-Vegetarian Diet Helps Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Researchers analyzed the eating and lifestyle habits of 451,256 Europeans and found that people who ate the most pro-vegetarian style diets (70 percent of food coming from plant sources) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, compared to those who were the least pro-vegetarian (<45 percent).

Lead author Camille Lassale, Ph.D., said, "A pro-vegetarian diet focuses on increasing the proportion of plant based foods relative to animal-based foods, which results in an improved nutritionally balance diet. Instead of drastic avoidance of animal-based foods, substituting some of the meat in your diet with plant-based sources may be a very simple, useful way to lower cardiovascular mortality."

Source: Medindia

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