Not all plant-based diets are healthy

Eating a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of heart disease—but not all vegetarian or vegan foods are beneficial for health, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

weightbodyRebalanceDietResearchers followed 200,000 adults over two decades and found that those who adhered to a plant-based diet rich in healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, had a substantially lower risk of heart disease than people whose diet typically included less healthy foods like refined grains and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The study also found that eliminating meat doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthier diet if what’s left are unhealthy foods such as potatoes, fruit juices, or sweets. In fact, people who followed a healthful plant-based diet, even if it included some animal foods, were less likely to die during the study period than those who followed an unhealthful plant-based diet that included a lot of processed foods.

“The study is encouraging in the sense that you don’t have to completely eliminate animal foods from your diet in order to get a heart benefit,” said lead author Ambika Satija, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Chan School, in a July 17, 2017 Popular Sciencearticle.

Advertisements


Categories: Diseases

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: