Feb 13, 2013 9:30 AM by Marissa Torres

Achieving heart health with vegetarian diet

A vegetarian diet could help you cut your risk of heart disease.

Researchers out of the university of oxford found that the risk of death or hospitalization from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians when compared to those who ate fish and meat.

Experts at memorial hospital weighed in. They say people on vegetarian and vegan diets tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Fish provides an excellent source of omega three- which is known for boosting heart health. They say those diet plans tend to also be high in fiber.

"I don't think a lot of people realize how important fiber is. Especially soluble fibers for heart health. Cause fibers binds cholesterol so it doesn't get re-absorbed or absorbed back into the body.. So having an apple a day really does keep the doctor away," says registered dietitian of Memorial Hospital Dave Egerdahl.

He adds that vegetarians and vegans run into problems with low B12 levels, iron deficiency anemia and zinc deficiency; so proper supplements are necessary.

If you think the diet isn't for you, Egerdahl says there are still ways to eat meat in a healthy manner. You'll want to limit portion sizes and buy beef that has less than 10 percent fat.



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