Vegan Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer

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A vegan diet improves health and protects against early death from disease, according to a meta-analysis published online in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Researchers examined 96 articles comparing vegan diets to omnivorous diets for various risk factors, chronic conditions, and mortality rates. Those following vegan diets had lower weights, total and LDL-cholesterol levels, and glucose levels, compared with those following omnivorous diets. In addition, the vegan group had lower mortality rates from heart disease and cancer, compared with the omnivorous diet groups.

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Dinu M, Abbate R, Gensini GF, Casini A, Sofi F. Vegetarian, vegan diets and multiple health outcomes: a systematic review with meta-analysis of observational studies. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. Published online February 6, 2016.

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