Feb 10, 2016: Intake of higher percentage of plant-based food, instead of animal-based food, is the best way to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
According to a study, people who consume more than 70% of their meal that are from plant sources run a 20% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular illness as compared to those who eat less than 45% of veggies in a meal.
A meal should be complete and balanced. However, it is not at all recommended to switch to a 100% veggie diet, instead the proportion of plant-based food should be increased that will make a meal nutritionally balanced, said Camille Lassale, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London’s School of Public Health, and lead author of the study.
The researchers gathered data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), and studied data of half a million people from across 10 counties who are between the age group of 35-70 years, and who are suffering from any chronic disease. These people were monitored for about 12 years on an average.
The researchers gave scores according to the food type, and more points were given for eating seven categories of plant food like vegetables, fruits, potatoes, beans, nuts, cereals and olive oil. Points were deducted for consuming animal food like meat, eggs, fish or seafood, animal fat and dairy product.
The researchers then studied this data to build relationship between eating habits and the risk of suffering from heart diseases and stroke.
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