A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found that those who follow a vegan diet may have a lower risk of developing and dying from heart disease. The study analyzed data from over 8,000 participants and found that those who followed a vegan diet had a 32% lower risk of developing heart disease compared to those who ate meat.
The study also found that those who followed a vegetarian diet and consumed dairy and eggs had a 22% lower risk of heart disease, while those who followed a pescatarian diet had a 25% lower risk.
The researchers behind the study noted that this is likely due to the fact that vegan diets are typically high in nutrients such as fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, while also having lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol.
This research is particularly significant given that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death globally, and dietary changes can be more accessible and affordable than medical treatments for many people.