Studies have demonstrated that vegetarian and vegan diets provide many heart health benefits.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and high blood sugars are all cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors that are improved with a vegetarian diet.
The benefits are even greater for vegan diets, with lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and body weight seen in people eating this way, compared to a vegetarian diet.
The risk of developing heart disease or dying from it is lower for vegetarians compared with those who eat meat. A study of over 70,000 participants found vegetarians had a 13% reduced risk of developing CVD and a 19% reduced risk of ischaemic heart disease (IHD). Another study showed vegetarians to be >30% less likely to be hospitalised or die from heart disease.
To keep your heart healthy and reduce your chance of heart disease, a plant-based diet is a good choice. A vegan or vegetarian diet, when balanced with a variety of foods, can provide the heart healthy nutrition you need.
Contact me if you would like to find out how to eat a plant-based diet to keep your heart healthy.