Removing steak dinners in favor of more veggies, fruits and nuts can be attributed to a longer, healthier life.
Diets higher in plant-based foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes) and lower in animal-based foods (such as meat, seafood, dairy) of milk and eggs) are linked to a lower risk of developing a cardiovascular disease or dying from any cause, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Umbrella cardiovascular disease includes heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other conditions.
"Dietary-based diets, which are relatively high in plant foods and relatively low in animal foods, have health benefits and provide benefits for cardiovascular health," study co-author Hyunju Kim, a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, told MarketWatch.
The results do not mean that meat lovers need to jump completely, he added. "We have shown that cutting only small amounts of meat is associated with lower risk of these conditions," he said.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 young adults who started without cardiovascular disease in an epidemiological study from 1987 to 2016. Compared to those who consumed at least in plant-based foods, they found, those consuming the most plant-based foods had a 16% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, an up to 32% lower risk of dying from in cardiovascular disease, and an up to 25% lower risk of dying from any cause.
Participants' self-report questions pose a potential limitation to the study, Kim said, as some may recall their food intake incorrectly. ] Too much of every six dollars in health care goes to cardiovascular disease, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Prevention. The agency estimates that heart disease and stroke ran on a national tab of $ 316.6 billion in 2011, stemming from healthcare costs and lost productivity.
The emphasis on eating more plant-based foods and less animal-based foods is consistent with diets such as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), study co-author Casey Rebholz, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, a statement added. Adhering to the DASH diet has been associated with lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol, as well as to reduce the risk of developing heart failure.
"Our findings emphasize the importance of focusing on your diet," Rebholz said. "There may be variations in terms of individual foods, but in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease people should eat more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, legumes and fewer foods. animal-based. "
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