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A new study found that replacing meat and dairy can cut your risk of heart disease! The study found that patients that subbed meat and dairy with vegan alternatives cut their heart disease risk by a third.

Replacing red meat with nuts and seeds, participants were 30% less likely to die from coronary heart disease. And even if you swap plant-based options for 3% of food intake still cuts your heart disease risk. The study looked at 400,000 people over 16 years to get the results. Scientists found that the more people swapped out meat for grains and pulses, the lower their risk.

“This large cohort investigation showed small but significant associations between higher intake of plant protein and lower overall and cardiovascular disease mortality,” Dr. Demetrius Albanes, one of the authors of the study, shared, “Prominent inverse associations were observed for replacement of egg protein and red meat protein with plant protein, particularly for plant protein derived from bread, cereal, and pasta. Findings from this and previous studies provide evidence that dietary modifications in choice of protein sources may promote health and longevity.”

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects

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