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Can a vegetarian diet help prevent heart disease?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Absolutely! There are many recent studies that have concluded that a healthy, low fat, high fiber vegetarian diet can prevent and possibly even reverse heart disease.  

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that low-fat vegan diets reduce the risk for heart disease in diabetics patients. Patients on low-fat vegan diets had better results than those following the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association's guidelines.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, found that by eating a plant-based diet full of whole grains, you can prevent and reverse heart disease. 

Similarly, Dr. Dean Ornish treated patients with lifestyle dietary changes and effectively reversed their heart disease.

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