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Vegetarians Are Healthier But That Doesn't Mean You Have to Give Up Meat

by Jacqueline Burt on February 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

veggiesGood news for vegetarians: A new study found that people who don't eat meat are 32 percent less likely to die or be hospitalized because of heart disease. Bad news for carnivores: Guess that means meat-eaters are 32 percent more likely to die or be hospitalized because of heart disease? Well, hang on a minute. Let's take a closer look at WHY vegetarians are supposed to be heart-healthier than non-vegetarians.

Apparently weight doesn't have anything to do with the advantage, or at least not much -- even taking body mass index into account, researchers found that vegetarians still had a 28 percent lower risk of getting heart disease than carnivores ... because they had lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Aha! Now, everybody knows you don't have to give up meat to lower your blood pressure and/or cholesterol -- you just have to give up SOME meat. Or at least cut way back on stuff like pepperoni and sausage and anything fried/deep fried/batter-dipped & fried. And, of course, pretty much anything that falls into the fast food category.

Naturally that means cutting back on all the other bad-for-you things that often accessorize bad-for-you meat, like anything fried/deep fried/batter-dipped & fried, extra cheese, and pretty much anything that falls into the fast food category.

(I know, what's the fun of being a carnivore if you have to give up all of that?)

Do you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Which foods do you avoid?

 

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Filed Under: diets, eating healthy, general health

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  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    February 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM
    I'm part native so I have healthy high cholesterol compared to whiteys, but the high cholesterol myth was a mistake in research to begin with, and is now a conspiracy to pad pockets at the cost of your health. Our brains are made of cholesterol. We need cholesterol. If you feel good eschewing meat, good for you, but I lived as a very fastidious vegetarian on a nutritionist-formulated diet, and I felt like death.
  • cleig...
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    cleigh717

    February 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM
    Umm . . . Ppl out there r really questioning whether vegetarians r healthier? Lol okay I thought it was a given as long as you don't eat bunny bread and donuts all day cos that's vegetarian too. And you can fry vegetables. Its the oil that makes fried foods unhealthy not the object being fried. But if you take a nitrate filled hot dog and fry that in some blood sugar poisoning batter and fry it in hydrogenated plaque in the artery oil then yeah you're askn for it if that's your main fare. A few times a yr is negligible but its everyday habits that make or break your health.
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