Not Just Weight Loss: Vegan Diet Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Published Date : May 28, 2014

Numerous people worldwide undertake a vegan diet to shed those extra kilos. But a vegan diet that’s low on carbohydrates could also possibly bring down the risk of heart disease, say researchers working at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Their study suggests that the risk of heart disease could come down by as much as 10% with a vegan diet.

Low-carbohydrate diets are often the preferred way to lose weight, but such diets often urge people to consume fat and proteins from animals that could raise cholesterol. On the other hand, diets that are high in oils and vegetable proteins are seen to be linked to a lower heart disease risk. This is because they can bring down the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), that we know as ‘bad cholesterol’.

According to the study’s lead author De David Jenkins, the team has succeeded in creating a diet that carries the best attributes of low-carbohydrate as well as vegan elements that not only promotes weight loss, but also has the ability to keep cholesterol in control.

The findings compared this vegan diet that was low in carbs (Eco-Atkins) to a diet with a high-carb and low-fat intake. Researchers found that this new Eco-Atkins diet showed better results when it came to reducing cholesterol by up to 10%. At the same time, participants reported weight loss of about 4 lbs as compared to those following the other diet. The results were recorded over a six-month period.