Plant-Based Diets Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes


Need another reason to try eating more plant-based meals? A new study suggests that replacing animal proteins with plant-based options like nuts and beans (also called legumes) is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and premature death, according to study results published in BMC Medicine.

For the study, researchers examined data collected over roughly two decades on eating habits and health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, Europe, and Asia who participated in 37 different smaller studies. In particular, scientists wanted to see which types of dietary changes might have the biggest impact on health and longevity.

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“A diet rich in animal foods is problematic due to the saturated fat content, which affects cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health, the way these foods are processed and prepared, and the lifestyles that often accompany this typical Western style diet,” says says Samantha Heller, RD, a clinical dietician in New York City, who wasn’t involved in the new study.


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