beforewisdom Posted February 12, 2011 Share Posted February 12, 2011 This is not all that new. Vegans, as a group, tend not follow the advice to get vitamin b-12, tend not to get adequate omega 3 fatty acids, and tend not to get enough folic acid ( aka eating green leafy vegetables other than lettuce ). These nutrients are responsible from keeping the arteries from getting injured, which makes them sticky, which lets cholesterol plaque build up on them. You may have seen the recent headlines that vegans may have an increased risk of heart disease: Vegan diet may present heart disease risk It starts off saying, “Strict vegetarians, known as vegans, may be at an increased risk of developing conditions that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study.” The “study” referred to is this paper: Li D. Chemistry behind Vegetarianism. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Feb 9;59(3):777-84. It is not actually a study, but a review paper citing studies that are already well know. There’s basically nothing new here other than to say that vegetarians need to make sure they get enough B12 and omega-3. The paper ends by saying, “All of the above issues may be associated with an increased thrombotic and atherosclerotic risk in vegetarians, especially vegans. However, meat eaters have a cluster of thrombotic and atherosclerotic risk factors higher [emphasis added] than those of both ovo-lacto-vegetarians and vegans.” Ginny Messina has written a more in-depth article about the paper: A healthy vegan diet reduces heart disease risk Fromhttp://jacknorrisrd.com/?p=1707 It is an hour long, but it could be the most valuable hour of your year. Dr. Michael Greger produced an excellent, easy to understand video about how the nutrients mentioned at the top of this post work to prevent heart disease and how vegans who choose not make sure they get them can get cardiovascular disease despite having vegan diets http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/88A0lWQOiGI/hqdefault.jpg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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