There are lots of diets that aim to improve your health, but one can help you avoid stroke and heart attacks, according to a new report.
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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, to determine the benefits of herbal diets.
To do so, they examined the eating patterns of 10,000 middle-aged American adults that were monitored from 1987 to 2016. They then categorized participants into two groups: herbal and animal-based eaters.
After analyzing the results, they found that those who ate more herbal foods had a 1
The group of herbal eaters also had a 32% lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease and a 25% reduced risk of dying for any reason.
"Although you do not have to give up food that comes from animals completely, our study suggests that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods can help reduce the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other kind of cardiovascular disease, ”says lead researcher Casey Rebholz in a statement.
Other studies have assessed the effects of herbal diets on specific populations such as vegetarians. But the researchers noted that theirs is one of the first to explore plant- and animal-based diets among the general population.
They are now hoping to investigate whether the quality of plant food can affect cardiovascular disease and death risks.
Want to learn more? Take a look at the results here.
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