Having a plant based diet including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by 32%.
Plant based diets also lower the risk of any death by 25%. This has been revealed in a US-based 29-year-long study conducted between 1987 and 2016. As many as 12, 168 people between 45 and 64 years of age participated in the study.
The findings have revealed that participants who consumed the highest intake of plant based foods were less likely to have a cardiovascular condition, including heart attack, stroke or heart failure.
The findings concluded that high plant based food consumers were also 25% less likely to die from any cause and had a 32% lower risk of dying from a cardiovascular condition.
Dr Casey M Rebholz, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Baltimore and lead author of the study said: “While you don't have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study suggests that eating a larger proportion of plant based foods and a smaller proportion of animal based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease.”
Dr Rebholz added that there might be some variability in terms of individual foods, but to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, people should eat more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, legumes, and fewer animal based foods.