Vegetarian diet better for your heart, science says.
Vegetarians across the world have got another thing to be happy about, apart from the knowledge that they didn’t kill any animals to eat today.
Plant based diets have been show to reduce the risk of heart disease in recent results published by the American Heart Association.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is worn down over time, usually from poor diet and exercise regime, including eating lots of bad foods such as processed meats.
Meat, particularly red meat and processed meats are considered to become of the worst foods that you can include in your diet.
The human digestive system actually struggles to process meat, leading to it becoming stuck in the intestines, sometimes even for years.
This way that meat takes such a harsh toll on the body is just one of the ways in which it is doing damage to your overall health.
The fat contained in processed meats are exactly the wrong types of fat, saturated fat that will collect around the arteries in the heart, this could be a contributing factor to a plant based diet being much better for your heart.
It is estimated by the American Heart Association that around 6.5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, it comes hand in hand with bad health, particularly obesity.
The study was conducted by looking at 5 different types of diets to determine which one was the best. They observed convenience (including fast food and pasta), plant-based, sweets, Southern (which included sweet beverages and fried foods) and alcohol/salads.
Unsurprisingly the plant based diet showed a reduction in heart disease of up to 42%. A plant based diet is rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, somethings which overly processed foods lack.
Study co-author Dr. Kyla Lara said:
“Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy plants, fruits, beans, whole grains and fish, while limiting processed meats, saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates and foods high in added sugars is a heart-healthy lifestyle and may specifically help prevent heart failure if you don’t already have it,”
H/T News Week