Plant-based diet can cut risk of heart disease and stroke

(WHTM) – It’s no secret that eating healthy food is better for us than eating junk food but listen to these figures.

What’s called a “Plant-based diet” can cut your risk of heart disease by 30% and stroke by %60, according to WellSpan citing data from the American Heart Association.

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Christopher Wenger, medical director of preventative cardiology for WellSpan said, “So really what it comes down to is mostly eating whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains and legumes such as chickpeas, split peace beans and lentils. It minimizes or even excludes animal proteins, animal meat, and animal products the best you can.”

That last part is the key.

He said if you do eat meat, a rule of thumb is:

  • The fewer the legs an animal has, the better

  • Chicken is healthier than beef or pork

  • Fish is healthier than chicken

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