For the heart, giving up meat is good for your health. According to a recent study, vegetarians and vegans have a 22% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than carnivores. And even for pesetarians, people who eat fish rather than meat, the risk of heart disease is reduced by 13 percent.
Researchers have proven that vegetarians and vegans are 22 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease, and pesketarians — those who prefer fish to meat — are down 13 percent. But, according to medical scientists, both of them are at risk of stroke.
Previously, the study was posted on the pages of the British Medical Journal. Scientists have collected 48 thousand people and 18 years have watched their well-being. The group was divided into three parts: meat lovers in it took half of the participants, the rest were divided into vegans and pescaritans.
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During the observation, 2820 cases of coronary heart disease and 1072 strokes occurred. Strokes occurred mainly in a group of vegans and fish lovers. Scientists estimate that vegetarians and vegans experience signs of coronary heart disease 20 percent higher than carnivores.
Scientists believe that strokes occur in those people who consume less vitamin B12, which is usually found in meat. This vitamin, scientists say, has a huge effect on the nervous system, and it also has a merit in the formation of red blood cells.