A vegan diet works better than the American Heart Association-recommended diet for heart disease prevention, according to a study published by the American Heart Association (AHA). Researchers randomized 100 participants with coronary artery disease to either a vegan diet (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, or fish) or an AHA-recommended diet (fewer servings of non-fish animal protein, more servings of fish, and only low- or no-fat dairy) for eight weeks. The primary endpoint marker for inflammation, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, improved significantly more in the vegan group, compared with the AHA group. The authors conclude a vegan diet should be considered to help avoid adverse outcomes among heart disease patients.
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Shah B, Newman JD, Woolf K, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of a vegan diet versus the American Heart Association–recommended diet in coronary artery disease trial. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7:e011367.