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Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk Factors for Heart Failure

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Plant-based diets can reverse heart failure, according to a case study published in Frontiers in Nutrition. A 54-year-old woman with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart failure began a whole food, plant-based diet, and researchers tracked her health outcomes. She removed all animal products, limited processed foods, and increased her intake of fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, grains, and legumes….

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White and Red Meat are Both Bad for Your Heart

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Red and white meat raise cholesterol levels equally, according to an NIH-funded randomized crossover study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers tested the effects of low-saturated-fat diets that drew their protein from red meat (beef and pork), white meat (chicken and turkey), or nonmeat sources (legumes, nuts, grains, and soy products) in 51 participants—all of whom tested…

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Replacing Red Meat with Plant Protein Lowers Risk for Heart Disease

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Replacing red meat with plant-based protein sources lowers your risk for heart disease, according to a meta-analysis published in Circulation. Researchers reviewed studies that compared diets that included red meat with eating habits that replaced red meat with foods such as legumes and tracked cardiovascular disease risk factors. Plant-based protein sources in place of red meat produced improvements in blood…

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Red Meat Increases Heart Disease Risk

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Red meat consumption increases levels for a chemical related to increased heart disease risk, according to research published in the European Heart Journal. Researchers compared trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels in 113 participants who were either on a diet rich in red or white meat or nonmeat sources of protein. Red meat consumption increased TMAO levels in participants’ blood and urine…

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Lifestyle Modifications Effective for Heart Failure Treatment & Prevention

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Lifestyle modifications, including diet changes, help treat and prevent heart failure, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Several researchers analyzed how lifestyle, such as weight management and nutrition, influences heart failure risk. Poor diet, minimal exercise, and stress all contribute to increased risk for heart failure, while more exercise, stress management,…

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