High-protein diet could lower stroke risk
Chinese researchers, in a effort to get a clearer sense of what proportion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein is best for optimal health, analyzed seven studies that looked at stroke and found that eating more protein may help lower a person's risk.
Specifically, the scientists determined that for every 20 grams of protein people consumed per day, there was a 26 percent lower risk of stroke.
Dr. Xinfeng Liu, the lead researcher, noted that the kind of protein is important, too. High fish consumption was linked with the lowest risk of stroke in the study while diets high in vegetable protein seemed to be less protective against stroke.
The researchers also pointed out that it may not be the protein itself that lowers the stroke risk, but rather nutrients associated with protein, such as potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber.