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Meat protein unhealthy, but protein from nuts and seeds is heart smart
April 8, 2018, 11:08 am

A study conducted by researchers in California and France has found that people who consumed large amounts of meat protein experienced a 60-percent increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD), while people who consumed large amounts of protein from nuts and seeds experienced a 40-percent reduction in CVD.

The study, which included data from more than 81,000 participants, is one of the few times detailed sources of animal protein have been examined jointly with animal fat in a major investigation.

Nutritionists have traditionally looked toward what are termed ‘bad fats’ in meats and ‘helpful fats’ in nuts and seeds as causal agents. However, these new findings suggest that the full picture probably also involves the biological effects of proteins in these foods.

While prior studies have examined differences between animal and plant proteins, this study did not stop at just two categories, but chose to specify meat protein and proteins from nuts and seeds along with other major dietary sources.


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