We all know that eating vegetables is healthy, and the number of benefits they bring is, indeed, impressive. A recent report revealed that opting for a diet based on plants can decrease the risk of suffering heart failure and strokes for people with no known risk factors.
What you eat influences your cardiac risk
One’s food choices can have a huge impact on the risk of developing atherosclerosis, namely the gradual narrowing of arteries which results in cardiovascular events. Of course, if you choose healthy foods, you can minimize most risks you might be exposed to. Therefore, a diet based on plants is one of the best choices you could make.
To establish this dietary correlation, researchers made use of data collected a national study called Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS). This study gathered 15,569 people with no history of cardiovascular problems. These participants have been selected between 2003 and 2007, and then returned for a follow-up in 2013. During this period, about 300 cases of heart failure have occurred.
A diet based on plants reduces your risk of suffering heart failure
The study didn’t only assess their cardiovascular risk, but also their dietary choice. Researchers measured them by asking the participants to fill in a food frequency questionnaire. The results they obtained helped them draw five categories of diets. The first category included the convenient diet, made up of fries, fast food, or pastas.
The second was a diet based on plants, including fruits, vegetables, and beans, while the third one included sweets and sugary treats. The southern category included fried foods, eggs, and processed meat, while the fifth contained mostly salads and butter, together with occasional consumption of wine.
From all dietary choices, the diet based on plants was related to the lowest risk of heart failure. After accounting for other risk factors which might contribute to the research, the chances of suffering cardiac events were 42 percent lower, while the other diets showed no reduction in the risk.
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