Vegetarians have healthier hearts
While it's not always easy to forgo a juicy cheeseburger or steak, vegetarians enjoy a real benefit of abstaining--a significantly lower risk of heart disease. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians are 32 percent less likely to die of or need hospitalization because of heart disease. The reason? They avoid high cholesterol levels, the number one cause of heart disease.
Scientists at the University of Oxford analysed data from 15,100 vegetarians and 29,400 people who ate meat and fish. Over the course of 11 years, 169 people in the study died from heart disease and 1,066 needed hospital treatment. They were more likely to have been meat and fish eaters than vegetarians. Even lean cuts of meat contain some cholesterol.
The study’s authors noted, however, that you can still have a healthy diet without eliminating meat and fish. They wrote: “The research reminds us that we should try to eat a balanced and varied diet – whether this includes meat or not.”