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American Heart Association Suggests Plant Diet May Control Heart Diseases

According to a Journal of the American Heart Association study, a plant-based diet may reduce the risk of heart-related disease in young adults and older women. Researchers conducted two different studies and analyzed different results of healthy plant food consumption. The study found that young adults and women with post-menopause faced a lower risk of heart attacks and were less likely to develop heart-related diseases after eating healthy plant foods.

The new research study suggests that consuming more nutritious plant-based foods is healthy for the heart at any age. The research is published in the open-access journal Journal of the American Heart Association.The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations advise a vegetable or fruit-based health diet pattern emphasizing more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products with low fats, fish, poultry, different types of nuts, and non-tropical vegetable oils.

In addition, the recommendations suggest the limited intake of sugary drinks, red meat, saturated fats, sodium, and more. Since the study is observational, it could not prove the relation of heart-related diseases with a plant-based diet.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health; Healthy Food Healthy Lives Institute at the University of Minnesota; and the MnDrive Global Food Ventures Professional Development Program at the University of Minnesota had funded the study. Nevertheless, according to investigators, much more needs to be further investigated in more men or young women populations.

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