Facilitating steak dinners in favor of more vegetables, fruits and nuts may be associated with a longer, healthier life.
Diets that are higher in plant-based foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes) and lower in animal-based foods (such as meats, seafood, dairy and eggs) are linked to a lower risk of getting a cardiovascular disease or die for some reason, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The umbrella for cardiovascular disease includes heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other conditions.
"Herbal diets, which are relatively higher in plant foods and relatively lower in animal feed, have health benefits and provide benefits for cardiovascular health," co-author Hyunju Kim, a research student at Johns Hopkins University, told MarketWatch. [1
The researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 middle-aged adults participants who started without cardiovascular disease in an epidemiological study from 1987 to 2016. Compared to people who consumed the least herbal foods, they found, those who consumed the most herbal foods had a 16% lower risk of getting cardiovascular disease, an up a 32% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and a up to 25% lower risk of dying for any reason.
Participant's soul Reported responses pose a potential limitation to the study, Kim said, because some may have incorrectly recalled their dietary intake.  About one in six dollars for health care goes to cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency estimates that heart disease and stroke hit a national tab of $ 316.6 billion in 2011, stemming from healthcare costs and lost productivity.
The emphasis on eating more herbal foods and fewer animal-based foods is consistent with diets such as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), studied co-author Casey Rebholz, assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, added in a statement. Compliance with the DASH diet has been linked to lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol, as well as to a lower risk of developing heart failure.
"Our results emphasize the importance of focusing on your diet," Rebholz said. "There may be some variation in terms of individual foods, but to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, people should eat more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, legumes and fewer animal-based foods."
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