Western diet and heart risk

| Post published on June 2, 2008
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Previous studies have shown that a Western-style diet, rich in meat and dairy foods, increases the risk of heart disease. A large study in 52 countries confirms that a poor diet accounts for 30 per cent of heart attack risk. Results showed that diets high in meat, dairy and salt increased the risk, while a higher fruit and vegetable intake lowered it. This study confirms that changing your diet can help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Iqbal et al., 2008. Dietary patterns and the risk of acute myocardial infarction in 52 countries: results of the INTERHEART study. Circulation. 118 (19) 1929-1937.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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