Highlights

  • Plant-based food is healthy for every age group
  • Study by American Heart Association observed over 4000 participants for over 20 years
  • Results concluded that vegetarians were 52% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease

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Proven by science: eating more veggies is healthy for your heart

A study conducted by American Heart Association reveals that consuming more plant-based nutritious food is healthy for your heart.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals that eating more plant-based food is healthy for the heart. Researchers deduced that young adults and postmenopausal women had fewer chances of heart attacks and were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease when they consumed more vegetarian food.

4,946 adults were enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study to examine the effect of a plant based diet. Participants were 18 to 30 years old at the time of enrollment and they were studied for over 20 years to understand the long term effects of the diet pattern. During the course of the study, eight follow up exams were conducted that included lab tests, physical measurements, medical histories and assessment of lifestyle factors.

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As per the results, participants who consumed plant-based meals were at the top of the quality score chart and were 52% less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, the participants who changed their diet pattern in between the course of the study were also lesser likely to develop any heart ailments than the ones who stuck to their meat-based diets.

The overall healthy dietary pattern recommended by the American Heart Association Diet team includes a variety of low fat and unsaturated fruits and vegetables (like apples, pears, carrots and broccoli), whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils. But along with these, it also advises limited consumption of saturated fat, transfat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugary drinks.

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