Going vegetarian may improve heart health

A British study offers new evidence that going meatless could help keep your heart healthy.

Researchers analyzed diet and health data on nearly 45 thousand people. About one third of the study participants were vegetarians.

The vegetarians had a 32 percent lower heart disease risk than people who ate meat.

The researchers say it’s because a vegetarian diet leaves out saturated fat and sodium, which can increase cholesterol and high blood pressure–both known risk factors for heart disease.

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