To preserve the health of the heart and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, we should reduce the share of animal protein and increase those of nuts in our diet.
It’s no secret, nuts are really good for our health. Known to reduce the risk of diabetes and breast cancer and to lower cholesterol levels, nuts would also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease according to a study published in the medical journal International Journal of Epidemiology.
Researchers from the School of Public Health at the University of Loma Linda, AgroParisTech and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) conducted a large-scale study with 81,337 participants to analyze their diet and their consumption of animal or plant proteins to understand the impact on cardiovascular diseases. This research was conducted for 9.4 years.
Several sources of protein have been identified: animal proteins, nuts and seeds, cereals, processed foods, and finally fruits and vegetables.
The results of the study showed that people who consume large amounts of animal protein experienced a 60% increase in cardiovascular disease, while people consuming large amounts of protein derived from nuts, shelled fruits and seeds experienced a 40% reduction in cardiovascular diseases.
“Further research could answer further questions about the role of meat proteins in the development of cardiovascular disease, and the types of proteins that can affect cardiac risk factors, including blood pressure and obesity,” said Gary Fraser, one of the co-authors of the study.