Go meat-free for heart health

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

If you’re al­ready go­ing meat-free once a week, you might want to turn it into a daily habit and go nuts for the sake of your heart.

A re­cent study found that eat­ing a veg­e­tar­ian diet cuts the risk of de­vel­op­ing heart fail­ure, while an­other study found that fre­quent snack­ing on nuts can also im­prove your ticker’s health.

The first study, con­ducted by re­searchers from Ic­ahn School of Medicine in New York, looked at five di­ets cat­e­go­rized as con­ve­nience (which in­cludes red meats and fast foods), plant-based, sweets, south­ern and al­co­hol/sal­ads.

Of the five di­ets, the study found peo­ple who ate a plant­based diet most of the time had a 42% de­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing heart fail­ure com­pared to peo­ple who ate fewer plant-based foods when ad­justed for age, sex and race of the par­tic­i­pants and other risk fac­tors.

The find­ings were based on data col­lected from

15,569 par­tic­i­pants with­out known coro­nary artery dis­ease or heart fail­ure over a four-year pe­riod.

The sec­ond study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy found that eat­ing a hand­ful of nuts a cou­ple of times a week can cut the risk of heart dis­ease by al­most a quar­ter.

Based on data col­lected from over 200,000 peo­ple, Har­vard Univer­sity re­searchers found that those who ate wal­nuts, al­monds, pis­ta­chios, pecans and peanuts two or more times a week were 23% less likely to de­velop coro­nary heart dis­ease and 15% less likely to de­velop car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

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