No meat is good for health?
With the ever-evolving lifestyle practices, what we consume and the food we prefer have a huge bearing on the way we lead our lives and hence, there are different researches which are being conducted to understand the response of the body to certain types of food.
In one such research, there have been significant revelations on vegan and vegetarian diets, which have till now been projected as healthier for the heart as compared with diets which include different kinds of meats.
As per this study, vegan and vegetarian diets may be linked with a lower risk of heart diseases, but then they might be linked with a higher risk of stroke. As compared to meat-eaters, vegans may be more prone to suffer a stroke.
The aforementioned study was titled: “Risks of Ischaemic heart disease and stroke in meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians over 18 years of follow-up: results from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study”, the results of which were published in the British Medical Journal.
This study included data from around 48,188 people. None of the shortlisted people had any history of heart disease or stroke when the study commenced. The researchers then proceeded to split the participants into three different categories- meat-eaters, fish-eaters (who consume fish but no meat), and the vegan and people who followed the vegetarian diet.
“Overall, the present study has shown that UK adults who were fish eaters or vegetarians had lower risks of Ischaemic heart disease than meat-eaters, but that vegetarians had higher risks of stroke. Future work should include further measurements of circulating levels of cholesterol subfractions, vitamin B12, amino acids, and fatty acids in the cohort to identify which factors might mediate the observed associations,” the researchers said.
They also found out that fish-eaters had a 13 per cent less risk of heart disease when pitted against meat-eaters, while for vegans and vegetarians; this risk was 22 per cent less. Not only this, there was an elevated risk of 20 per cent of stroke in vegans and vegetarians, as compared to meat-eaters.