Plant-based diet leading to better heart health

Susan S. Johnson

“The focus should be what you’re incorporating in your diet and not necessarily what you’re taking out.”

It’s time to start loving those veggies.

The American Heart Association says new research links eating more plant-based foods to fewer heart attacks or cardiovascular disease.

Meat lovers, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you have to go full vegetarian. 

Danielle Sanislow, a registered dietician at Tampa General Hospital explains, “the focus should be what you’re incorporating in your diet and not necessarily what you’re taking out.”

She says focus on adding good nutrients including “plant-based proteins being your beans, your nuts, your seeds,

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Plant-Based Diet: Benefits for Heart Health

Susan S. Johnson

A plant-based diet can be good for your heart.

If you’re eating mostly or only fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, and meat substitutes like soy, you may cut your odds of getting heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, compared to a diet that includes a lot more meat.

There are many different types of plant-based diets. The three most common ones are:

  • Vegan: No animal products such as meat, eggs, or dairy products.
  • Lacto-vegetarian: No meat or eggs, but dairy products are OK.
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: No meat, but dairy products
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Can a Low-Carb Diet Help Your Heart Health?

Susan S. Johnson

Instead, the researchers designed what they considered practical and relatively healthy diets for each group. All of the participants ate meals like vegetable omelets, chicken burritos with black beans, seasoned London broil, vegetarian chili, cauliflower soup, toasted lentil salads and grilled salmon. But the high-carb group also ate foods like whole wheat bread, brown rice, multigrain English muffins, strawberry jam, pasta, skim milk and vanilla yogurt. The low-carb group skipped the bread, rice and fruit spreads and sugary yogurts. Instead, their meals contained more high-fat ingredients such as whole milk, cream, butter, guacamole, olive oil, almonds, peanuts, pecans and macadamia

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Diet rich in dairy may be linked to lower risk of heart disease: report

Susan S. Johnson

A diet rich in dairy fat may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers say.

In a new Swedish cohort study published in the journal Plos Medicine, international experts challenged the view that full-fat dairy options should be avoided due to saturated fat. 

Looking at the dairy fat intake in 4,150 Swedish adults – the majority of whom were female, with a median age of 60.5 years – over a period of

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