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05 May, 2019 Health News

Diets Higher in Plant Protein Sources May Help Lower Heart Disease Risk

Diets Higher in Plant Protein Sources May Help Lower Heart Disease Risk


A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Purdue University found that swapping red meat for healthy plant protein in your diet may help lower your risk for heart disease.


The study was recently published in the journal Circulation -a very high impact factor journal. Researchers conducted a search of randomized controlled trials published up until July 2017, comparing diets with red meat with diets that replaced red meat with a variety of foods. Thirty-six studies totaling 1,803 participants were included in this meta-analysis.
 
Researchers found that those eating diets higher in high-quality plant protein sources (legumes, soy and nuts) showed lower levels of both total and LDL “bad” cholesterol compared to diets with red meat. These findings emphasize the health-promoting effects of high-quality plant protein foods in comparison with red meat, and provide evidence for public health messages and clinical advice to favorably impact lipid profiles in the general population.
 
Guasch-Ferré, M., Satija, A., Blondin, S. A., Janiszewski, M., Emlen, E., O’Connor, L. E., ... & Stampfer, M. J. (2019). Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of Red Meat Consumption in Comparison With Various Comparison Diets on Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Circulation139(15), 1828-1845.
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