Vegetarianism, over the years, has become a predominant trend across the world. Many people opt for a plant-based diet rather than animal-based foods for a more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle. Nutrition experts have also associated a plethora of health benefits with it. But did you know that not all vegetarian foods can be this healthy? According to research presented at the 2020 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, not all plant-based diets guarantee healthier food choices for better health.
Researchers studied the association of quantity and quality of plant-based foods and heart health over a 10-year period. “Our study highlights the varying nutritional quality of plant foods,” said author Dr Matina Kouvari of Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.
The study analyzed 146 obese people with normal blood pressure, blood lipids, and blood sugar levels. After 10 years, it was found that almost half of the participants developed high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels, and high blood sugar. It should be noted that all of these factors can lead to different heart risks. This tendency was also found to be more common in women than in men.
However, the results of the study established a link between healthier choices of plant-based foods and lower blood pressure, blood lipids and blood sugar.
According to a report published on the website of the European Society of Cardiology, less processed foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts have been called healthy plant-based foods; while refined grains, potatoes, juices and all kinds of sweets were considered unhealthy.
“Eating less meat is beneficial for heart health, especially when replaced with nutritious plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil,” noted Kouvari.
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