Vegetable rich diet again shown to lower heart disease risk

Vegetable rich diet again shown to lower heart disease risk

Genetic triggers shown to increase heart disease markers in the body but a healthy plant-based diet protected against this negative genetic expression.

Three basic diets were studied:

  1. Oriental (soy sauce, pickled foods, green leafy vegetables, eggs and low sugar)
  2. Western (eggs, meats, fried and salty foods, sugar and desserts)
  3. Prudent (mostly raw vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts)

The basic results?

  • The risk of a heart attack was affected by whether or not they ate a prudent diet pattern and which variant of the genetics they had
  • The biggest influence on heart disease was the intake of raw vegetables
  • The lower the raw vegetable intake the higher the risk for heart disease
  • The more prudent the diet, the lower the heart disease risk

Study analysis of the INTERHEART data on over 8,000 people carried out by Canadian McGill University, found heart disease is triggered by a number of genetic variations.  They then discovered that these genetic expressions can be offset by a vegetable rich diet.  The researchers assessed four different ‘single nucleotide polymorphisms SNP’ genetic variations within the 9p21 chromosome region of DNA.  The researchers looked at how heart disease risk was influenced by diet, lifestyle and environmental factors.  As reported by The Daily Express and in March 2013.


Posted: Friday 20 September 2013