A recent study published in November in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that a vegan diet works better than the American Heart Association-recommended diet for heart disease prevention.

Researchers randomized 100 participants with coronary artery disease to either a vegan diet (no meat, fish, eggs or dairy) or an AHA-recommended diet (fewer servings of non-fish animal protein, more servings of fish, and only low- or no-fat dairy) for eight weeks. Participants were given weekly groceries, a cookbook, and sample menus to keep their daily calorie and macronutrient intake levels comparatively similar.

The AHA reported that a plant-based diet was more effective than a low-sodium diet, which is currently highlighted as part of the American Heart Association’s “heart-healthy” diet recommendations. The individuals assigned to a vegan diet had significantly lower inflammation levels, which is closely linked to heart disease.

A vegan diet has also shown to reduce the risk of other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetesoverall and female-specific cancers, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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