Researchers find vegan-based processed foods increase cardiac-related deaths

June 12, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WORLDWIDE — WHILE A PLANT-BASED DIET can promote good heart health, some vegan meat substitutes have been found to increase the risk of cardiac problems, according to the New York Post. Researchers from the University of São Paulo and Imperial College London, evaluating the diets of more than 118,000 British residents from 40 to 69 years old, found that consuming ultra-processed vegan food can increase the risk of heart death. Ultra-processed foods, including meat substitutes, are typically high in sugar, saturated fat, and salt and devoid of vitamins and fiber. The study’s lead author explained that the composition and processing methods of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) can lead to higher blood pressure and cholesterol. “Those shifting towards plant-based foods should also think about the degree of processing involved before making their choices,” she wrote. The study’s co-author observed that the producers of UPFs bank on the public perception of plant-based products as healthy to create deceptive marketing.

Researchers discovered that the risk of death from heart disease fell by 20% for each 10% increase in plant-based foods, except if they are ultra-processed, which instead linked to a 12% increase in heart disease or cardiac-related deaths.

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