In order to reduce the risk of certain diseases, a person does not necessarily become completely vegan or vegetarian. Small changes in the diet, such as partial rejection of meat in favor of a larger amount of plant products, can improve health.
Scientists from Imperial College London offer people to become partly vegetarian. They have conducted a study, which was attended by more than 450 thousand people living in Europe. All of them have been doing regular blood tests and other diagnostic procedures, controlling health.
The volunteers kept diaries, which contained the information about their diet. It happened that the people whose diet consisted of fruits, vegetables and cereals by 70% or more, were 20% less likely to die from heart disease.
Epidemiologist Kamil Lassalle, the author of the study, says it is not necessary to become a real vegetarian to achieve a beneficial effect of your food. The idea is to increase the proportion of plant foods in relation to the products of animal origin. This is what leads to the improvement of the overall nutritional value of the diet. One does not need to completely abandon animal food, but if you replace a certain amount of meat in the diet with plant foods, it will be a simple and effective way to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
During this study, the researchers found that vegetarians are 28% less likely to face with heart disease than meat eaters.