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.
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).
AdvertisementLead 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."
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