- It has been long suspected that including nuts and seeds in the diet protects against heart and vascular disease, while red meats increase risk. A study has found that meat protein is associated with a sharp increased risk of heart disease while protein from nuts and seeds is beneficial for the human heart.
The study included data from more than 81,000 participants and was published online by the International Journal of Epidemiology.
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The researchers found that people who consumed large amounts of meat protein experienced a 60% increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD), while people who consumed large amounts of protein from nuts and seeds experienced a 40% reduction in CVD.
Nutritionists have traditionally looked toward "bad fats" in meats and "helpful fats" in nuts and seeds as causal agents. However, these new findings suggest more. This new evidence suggests that the full picture probably also involves the biological effects of proteins in these foods.