Go meat-free for heart health
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.