Well most health experts will say a diet high in fruits and veggies is ideal for optimum health. Now according to a recent study, people who eat more plant foods instead of animal may lower their risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. “Researchers found that among more than 450,000 European adults, those who diets were about 70 percent plant-based– meaning whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits and nuts– had a relatively lower risk of dying from heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the reason behind one in every four female deaths. Women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men according to recent research make this a major concern among women. High cholesterol is one of the factors for strokes, heart attacks, and coronary artery disease. Diet change is a great way to fight high cholesterol. Good sources of fiber such as: oatmeal (My overnight oats recipe), fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, and kidney beans help. Also note that unsaturated fats may lower high cholesterol (olive oil, avocado, and peanut oil).
The finding in this research does not give all the credit to the diet change. What is taken into consideration are weight, exercise habits and education levels. This is called a semi-vegetarian diet because people are still consuming meat. Also note that even though cholesterol is a factor that can cause stroke, heart attacks and coronary artery disease, the body produces cholesterol on its own. As a matter of fact, the body’s liver produces 75% of the cholesterol in the body where as 25% come from fatty foods.
The American Heart Association recommends that people should eat plenty of plant foods and limit the amount of red meat and saturated fats.