Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’
by James Gallagher
(…) A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease. Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost. (…)
Heart disease (…) kills 94,000 people in the UK each year – more than any other disease, and 2.6 million people live with the condition. (…)
Dr Francesca Crowe said: “The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health.” (…)
“But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt. If you’re thinking of switching to a vegetarian diet, make sure you plan your meals carefully so that you replace any lost vitamins and minerals, such as iron, that you would normally get from meat.”
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them:
1. Do you know anybody who eats no meat and no fish? Why does this person do it? Is he / she a very healthy person?
2. Would it be difficult for you to stop eating meat and fish? Why (not)?
3. What do you consider when making your own food choices? (e.g. price, taste, content…)