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Plant-Based Diet for Heart Health

A diet where the majority of the food you eat comes from plant, not animal sources is known as a plant-based diet. One doesn't has to be a vegetarian to follow this diet, you just need to fill most of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Changing to a plant-based diet has been proven by doctors to help prevent and treat heart disease without the use of medication. To follow a Plant based diet:

  • Eliminate or drastically reduce the consumption of animal products like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs.
  • Eat as many leafy green vegetables as possible as they provide your body with vitamins, minerals and fiber and they contain extremely low amounts of fat, so they will not clog your arteries or contribute to heart disease.
  • Eat ample amounts of high-fiber a food like beans and whole grains which lower your bad cholesterol, or LDL, and reduces your risk for heart disease.
  • Eat nuts, seeds and avocados.

There are various types of plant-based diets

  • Vegan: No meat, eggs, or dairy products are allowed.
  • Lacto-vegetarian: meat or eggs are not allowed, but dairy products are Ok.
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: You can't eat meat but you can eat dairy products and eggs.

A plant-based diet is associated with

  • Lower levels of triglycerides
  • Lower levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased body weight
  • Decreased risk of death
  • Better blood sugar control