How to Become Vegetarian to Prevent Heart Disease

By Katharine Paljug @YourCareE
August 04, 2023
How to Become Vegetarian to Prevent Heart Disease

Do you know the difference between vegan and vegetarian? Learn how to become vegetarian or how to become vegan and why a plant-based diet is good for your heart.

Eating meat is associated with greater likelihood of dangerous heart disease.

Research published by the American Heart Association found that eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausage, is linked to higher rates of coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes. Other studies have found that eating red or processed meats contributes to higher mortality rates due to cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Eating a plant-based diet, by contrast, can actively help lower your likelihood of developing heart disease. In a collaborative analysis of five different studies involving more than 70,000 participants, researchers found that vegetarians were 34 percent less likely to die from ischemic heart disease than those who ate meat.

Even limiting meat consumption provided a benefit: People who ate meat “occasionally” lowered their risk by 20 percent.


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In another study, researchers found that vegetarians and vegans were significantly less likely to die from heart disease than those who ate meat.

Becoming vegetarian or vegan, it turns out, could save your life.

What is vegetarian?

A vegetarian does not eat red meats, poultry, or fish. Most vegetarians do eat animal products, such as dairy or eggs, sometimes called lacto-ovo vegetarianism.


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August 04, 2023

Reviewed By:  

Janet O’Dell, RN