Study backs vegetarian diet for preventing CVD

A University of Oxford study analysed 45,000 volunteers from England and Scotland, recruited in the 1990s and tracked until 2009.

“The results clearly show that the risk of heart disease in vegetarians is about a third lower than in comparable non-vegetarians,” co-author, Professor Tim Key said in a statement.

The risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease was 32% lower in vegetarians than people who eat meat and fish.Vegetarians had lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and body mass indices than non-vegetarians.