Fruit instead of aspirin for a healthy heart? Skipping meat may not be the only reason vegetarians have less heart disease – diet & nutrition

Fruit instead of aspirin for a healthy heart? Skipping meat may not be the only reason vegetarians have less heart disease – diet & nutrition – Brief Article

Maria Noel Mandile

VEGETARIANS GENERALLY EXPERIENCE less heart disease than meat-eaters because they avoid the saturated fat found in red meat. But researchers say there’s a compound in fruits (particularly in berries) and, to a lesser degree, vegetables that may also provide heart protection. Produce contains the anti-inflammatory compound salicylic acid found in aspirin, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

Scientists analyzed the blood samples of 14 people eating a varied diet and taking 75 mg of aspirin a day to prevent heart disease and 76 vegetarian or meat- and fish-eaters not taking aspirin. In the aspirin-free group, vegetarians had up to 12 times higher levels of salicylic acid than meat-eaters–in some cases, as much as those taking aspirin. Meat-eaters can reap a similar benefit by loading up on fruits and vegetables.

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