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Plant‐Centered Diet is associated with a lower risk of Cardiovascular Disease

By Y Choi et al
Taken directly from the Journal of the American Heart Association

  • The study expands on previous studies by exploring the time‐varying relationship between plant‐centered diet quality and risk of cardiovascular disease during the transition from young to middle adulthood.
  • An important aspect is to clarify whether a flexible, plant‐centered diet improves cardiovascular outcomes, where nutritionally rich plant foods are the central component of the diet, and subsets of animal products may be integrated.
  • Long‐term consumption of a plant‐centered diet and shifting to such a diet, starting in young adulthood, were associated with a lower cardiovascular disease risk.

What Are the Clinical Implications?

  • Findings are consistent with assertions that a nutritionally rich plant‐centered diet help prevent the development of cardiovascular disease. However, it appears that the complete exclusion of animal foods from diet is not necessary.
  • From a clinical and public health perspective, our findings support a recommendation of eating primarily nutritionally rich plant foods, but allowing small amounts of animal products (eg, low‐fat dairy products, nonfried fish, and nonfried poultry), to prevent early cardiovascular disease.

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Choi Y, Larson N, Steffen LM, Schreiner PJ, Gallaher DD, Duprez DA, Shikany JM, Rana JS, Jacobs DR Jr. Plant-Centered Diet and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease During Young to Middle Adulthood. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Aug 17;10(16):e020718. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.020718. Epub 2021 Aug 4. PMID: 34344159.