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Eating less meat may help lower cardiovascular risk

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Eating less meat could have benefits for the heart, research has found. Sergey Narevskih/Stocksy
  • Changing dietary habits and increasing physical activity levels can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.
  • Plant-based diets have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease than an omnivorous diet rich in meats and processed meats.
  • A new observational study suggests that a flexitarian diet — involving limiting the intake of meat instead of its complete exclusion — was associated with lower cardiovascular risk than an omnivorous diet.
  • The study underscores the benefits of increasing the consumption of plant-based foods in lieu of meat for improving cardiovascular health, but larger studies are needed to confirm these results.

Reducing the consumption of meat has been gaining popularity due to the potential health benefits and smaller environmental footprint. While studies have supported the beneficial effects of a plant-based diet

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Stress Eating Comfort Food Can Stress You Out Even More

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  • Studies show that people tend to eat fatty comfort foods when they are stressed.
  • However, a new study has found that these foods may make the effects of stress worse.
  • People who ate fatty meals had greater signs of endothelial dysfunction.
  • Endothelial dysfunction can increase the risk of problems like cardiovascular disease.
  • Experts say plant foods have compounds that may help reduce endothelial dysfunction.

Do you tend to reach for fatty comfort foods like ice cream and potato chips when you are under stress? If so, you may want to think twice, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

A new study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, found that eating high-fat foods

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Practicing mindfulness can help people make heart-healthy eating choices, new study shows

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Practicing mindfulness focused on healthy eating can be good for the heart, a new study shows, because it improves self-awareness and helps people stick to a heart-healthy diet.

When people who had elevated blood pressure participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based blood pressure reduction program for the study, they significantly improved their scores on measures of self-awareness and adherence to a heart-healthy diet compared to a control group. The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

“Participants in the program showed significant improvement in adherence to a heart-healthy diet, which is one of the biggest drivers of blood pressure, as well as significant improvements in self-awareness, which appears to influence healthy eating habits,” said lead study author Eric B. Loucks, an associate professor of epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.

Loucks said the study helps

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Mindfulness Can Help People Make Heart-Healthy Eating Choices

Practicing mindfulness focused on healthy eating can be good for the heart, a new study shows, because it improves self-awareness and helps people stick to a heart-healthy diet.

When people who had elevated blood pressure participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based blood pressure reduction program for the study, they significantly improved their scores on measures of self-awareness and adherence to a heart-healthy diet compared to a control group. The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

“Participants in the program showed significant improvement in adherence to a heart-healthy diet, which is one of the biggest drivers of blood pressure, as well as significant improvements in self-awareness, which appears to influence healthy eating habits,” said lead study author Eric B. Loucks, an associate professor of epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.

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Practicing mindfulness can help people make heart-healthy eating choices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Practicing mindfulness focused on healthy eating can be good for the heart, a new study shows, because it improves self-awareness and helps people stick to a heart-healthy diet.

When people who had elevated blood pressure participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based blood pressure reduction program for the study, they significantly improved their scores on measures of self-awareness and adherence to a heart-healthy diet compared to a control group. The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

“Participants in the program showed significant improvement in adherence to a heart-healthy diet, which is one of the biggest drivers of blood pressure, as well as significant improvements in self-awareness, which appears to influence healthy eating habits,” said lead study author Eric B. Loucks, an associate professor of epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.

Loucks said the study helps

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9 heart-healthy foods to lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Food can start you on a path to heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. — or help prevent high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart attacks.

Diet can have a huge impact on heart health, says Dr. Sean Heffron, a cardiologist in the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at NYU Langone Health in New York.

“What we eat can influence our blood pressure, our blood sugar, our cholesterol levels, certainly our body weight,” Heffron tells TODAY.com.

“All of those things have a direct impact on the vasculature of the blood vessels of the body and can drive atherosclerotic heart disease. So what we eat is very important.”

The first step in the right direction is eliminating processed foods, which are high in salt and fat, and eat more whole fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, says Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist, clinical

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To Lower Your Heart Disease Risk, Try Eating These 6 Foods

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  • Eating more whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, and whole-fat dairy products may help lower your heart disease risk.
  • Experts found that a healthy diet can be achieved in various ways, such as including moderate amounts of whole grains or unprocessed meats.
  • Focusing on starting small when making diet changes can help you stick with new eating habits.

A new report finds that if you don’t eating enough of six key foods you may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. That’s according to a study led by McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences researchers at the Population Research Health Institute (PHRI).

The study was published July 6 in the European Heart Journal.

The researchers derived a diet score from the PHRI’s large-scale global Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study.

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