Vegetable diet protects heart healthPlant-based diets rely on foods from vegetables, not animals. While these diets differ in content, they generally include grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats. Most diets either have no animal products or are limited to fish, eggs and dairy.
How was the research done?
The vegetable diet mentioned in the new study by the American Heart Association does not completely omit animal products, but keeps them to a minimum. The study included more than 10,000 middle-aged participants without cardiovascular disease. By monitoring the daily eating habits of the participants, the herbal products they ate compared to animal products were monitored.
It was found that those who consumed the highest percentage of plant foods were 32 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 16 percent less likely to develop the disease. In addition, participants were found to be 25 percent less likely to die from any disease than those who ate less vegetables.
Which diet to choose?
While the study is promising, scientists note that not every vegetable diet is created equal. The benefits are only seen in people who eat a healthy diet. These include consuming baked sweet potatoes or curdled nuts. There are plenty of processed vegan foods on the market. Although these are herbal, they are not considered healthy.
Among the features of the diet that should be chosen, it is rich in nutritional value, low in sugar, sodium (salt), cholesterol and trans fat. For example, french fries or cheesy cauliflower pizza are vegetable, but they’re low in nutrients and packed with lots of salt. These include unprocessed foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and grains.