Heart healthy benefits to a vegetarian diet

Researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK examined the association of a vegetarian diet with the risk of developing coronary heart disease (e.g. angina or heart attack).

They found that compared to people who ate meat and fish at the start of the study, the vegetarians were less likely to be diagnosed with, or die from, coronary heart disease over the following years. The researchers argue that these benefits are probably due to the fact that eating a vegetarian diet involves eating less cholesterol than a typical meat eater. The study recruited nearly 45,000 individuals over the age of 20 years between 1993 and 1997 and adjusted for factors that are known to be linked to heart disease, such as weight, sex, age and smoking status. 
 
If you are a meat-eater why not try to include a couple of meat free days into your diet? Pulses can be a great alternative and include beans of all kinds, peas, chickpeas and lentils. They’re a great choice for vegetarians, but meat-eaters should try them too! Pulses add texture and flavours to meals, and are normally cheaper too. But they’re just as nutritious, giving us iron, fibre and vitamins and minerals.


Posted: 01/02/2013 13:07:16 by Emily Kelleher


 

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