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Wednesday, 06 June 2018
A new study suggests that eating plant-based foods improves heart health. suggests a new study. There are four main foods whose heart benefits have been proven by several scientific trials.
Foods containing soy protein are particularly good for cardiovascular health, suggests a new study.
While plant-based diets are great for cardiovascular health, a vegetarian diet low in saturated fats may not be the best thing for keeping cholesterol levels low.
The study suggests it may be better to selectively eat a few foods that decrease the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is also known as "bad" cholesterol.
This was the main takeaway of an influential study, published in 2011, that presented a "portfolio" of four foods that had each been proven to reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk. These foods are:
· Plant protein obtained either from soy-based foods such as tofu, soy milk, or other soy-based meat substitutes, or from pulses such as beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils
· Soluble fibre, such as "oats, barley, psyllium, eggplant, okra, apples, oranges, or berries"
· Margarine enhanced with plant sterols, or "cholesterol-like" compounds that can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cereals
Now, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes have commissioned a meta-analysis of all the evidence available to assess and summarise the benefits of the Portfolio diet for preventing cardiovascular disease.
Specifically, the Portfolio diet recommends a daily intake of 42 grams of nuts, 20 grams of soluble fibre, 2 grams of plant sterols, and 50 grams of plant protein. The amounts are based on a daily consumption of 2,000 calories.
Overall, the analysis found that sticking to the Portfolio diet lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides (which are the most common fat types in the human body), blood pressure, and C-reactive protein (which is a marker of inflammation).
In fact, the Portfolio diet decreased LDL cholesterol by 17 percent and the risk of developing coronary heart disease over the course of a decade by 13 percent.
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Harvard Health Publishing, November, 2011.
Medical News Today, 5th June, 2018.