"While you don't have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease," lead researcher, Casey Rebholz, said in a statement.
Other studies have assessed the impact of plant-based diets on specific populations like vegetarians. However, the scientists noted theirs is one of the first to explore plant- and animal-based diets among the general population.
They now hope to investigate whether the quality of plant foods can affect cardiovascular disease and death risks.
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