According tomedia reports, some previous studies have pointed out that a plant-based diet may be beneficial to some people’s heart health. But a new study warns that these diets are only potentially helpful to people who avoid certain foods – and that the wrong plant-based diet could eliminate its “heart health” benefits and make it as unhealthy as a normal animal diet.
Past research has found that a plant-based diet or a diet that drastically reduces the intake of animal products may help protect heart health. These diets tend to focus on healthy fats, grains, nuts, green leafy vegetables, fruits and vegetables. However, eating an unhealthy plant-based diet may eliminate the benefits.
Regular consumption of foods such as refined grains, sugary foods and drinking fruit juice softens the benefits of a plant-based diet, according to a new study by the American College of Cardiology. Compared to people who ate animal products, they did not find any benefits associated with heart health.
The key finding is that it’s not enough to follow a plant-based diet alone – researchers point out that people must follow a healthy plant-based diet. The results are based on the tracking of more than 2,000 adults over the past 10 years.
A healthy plant-based diet is described as a diet that includes large quantities of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts, oils, tea or coffee, and legumes. In contrast, unhealthy plant-based diets include foods such as fruit juices, sugary drinks, potatoes, refined grains and sweets. The study found that people who followed the first diet had “significant” heart benefits compared to participants who followed the latter’s plant-based diet.