Want to keep a healthy heart? We recommend reducing meat consumption. If necessary, you should become a vegetarian. Because a recent study from the University of Oxford says that being a vegetarian can reduce the risk of heart disease by 32 percent.
The study involved 44,561 men and women from England and Scotland. Approximately 34 percent of the respondents were vegetarian, so this is one of UK’s largest study of vegetarian and meat-eaters.
Other variables associated with gender, age, activity, and smoking habits were also examined. Even though the BMI (body mass index) was adjusted, vegetarian still had a reduced risk of heart disease by 28 percent.
According to researchers, low blood pressure and cholesterol levels in vegetarians is the primary key of a reduced risk of heart disease.
“Most of the risk of heart disease are caused by high cholesterol and blood pressure, so control of both through diet can prevent the disease,” said study lead author Francesca Crowe, as quoted by the Huffington Post.
Formerly, many studies have proven that being a vegetarian also provide a variety of health benefits. For example, extend life, improve mood, help you lose weight and lower the risk of cancer.
If you have trouble eliminating meat menu, the researchers also suggest that you cut back on consumption. The trick is just to eat meat once a week or twice only.
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