Plant-Based Diets Good for the Heart (Study)

Plant-based diet

Plant-based dietNew research shows that a plant-based diet with tight restrictions on processed meat, refined carbohydrates, trans fats, and refined carbohydrates can reduce the risk of heart failure by up to 42%.

The findings were first presented this week at the 2017 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif.

A group of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City and the University of Alabama at Birmingham sifted through data on more than 15,000 volunteers to the REGARDS study. The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke, in short REGARDS, seeks to analyze the incidence of stroke and other cardiovascular events in the U.S. population.

The latest study analyzed the influence of five different types of diets on the risk of heart failure. Scientists spotted the five dietary patterns from a survey that assessed the health of participants following a salads-based diet, convenience diet, plant-based diet, sweets-based diet, or Southern diet, respectively.

The Study

Participants were monitored for 2,892 days on average. During this time frame, around 300 volunteers needed hospitalization because of a heart failure incident. The volunteers on a plant-based diet had a 42% lower risk of developing heart failure than the other groups.

Study authors recommend adults hike the intake of dark green leafy plants, beans, whole grains, fish, and fruits. Red and processed meats, unhealthy fats, added sugar, and refined carbs should be drastically limited for a healthy heart.

According to a separate presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions this week, coffee is also linked to a lower risk of heart failure. An extra cup of java can lower the risk of heart failure by 8 percent and the risk of stroke by 7%.

The findings haven’t been yet published in a peer-reviewed journal, but it is not the first time coffee is linked to unexpected health benefits.

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