Data from a very large study conducted by a team from Harvard’s T. H. Chan’s School of Public Health suggests that – surprise (or not) – consumption of healthful plant foods can decrease your chance of developing heart disease by a whopping 32%!
Healthful plant foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, as well as vegetable oils, coffee and tea, received a positive score, while less-healthful plant foods like juices, sweetened beverages, refined grains, potatoes and fries, and sweets along with animal foods were assigned a negative rating. The more closely the participants adhered to a healthful plant-based diet, the less likely they were to develop heart disease in the course of the study.
Any of the diets in the study could have included varying portions of animal-based diet. So the verdict is – as long as you are consuming substantial amounts of healthful plant foods, you do not have to give up on non-vegetarian food!
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