Heart Beat: May 2015

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You dont necessarily have to go 100-percent vegetarian with your diet to see substantially lower risks of dying from heart disease or stroke, according to a large European study presented at a recent American Heart Association conference on prevention and healthy lifestyles. Researchers found that a diet that inluded a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods lowered the risk of death from heart disease or stroke by about 20 percent. A pro-vegetarian diet doesnt focus on specific nutrients, but instead seeks to obtain a more nutritionally balanced eating plan by consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less meat. Researchers suggested that rather than avoid meat altogether, non-vegetarians might compromise by substituting vegetables for meat at more meals. Explore options such as vegetarian chili, as a way of reducing the meat in your diet. If you do include meat in your regular eating plan, be sure to pick the leanest cuts of beef, and eat chicken without the skin. Also, work more fish into your diet as a healthy alternative to beef or pork.
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