According to a new study out of Poland, a plant-based diet “is associated with a favorable lipid profile and may have cardioprotective effects” when compared to a diet where meat is regularly consumed.
The study was published in the journal Acta Biochimica Polonica, and is titled Lipid profile in Polish women following lacto-ovo-vegetarian and vegan diets – preliminary study.
“The European Atherosclerosis Society and American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines have introduced several new recommendations, according to which vegetarian diets are concerned as beneficial for the cardiovascular system”, states the study’s abstract. With this in mine, “This study was aimed to investigate the lipid profile in 56 healthy Polish young women – 13 vegans, 18 lacto-ovo-vegetarians and 25 omnivores.”
The study found that “HDL cholesterol concentrations were higher in the vegans and vegetarians than in the omnivores. LDL cholesterol levels were lower in the vegans than in both other diet groups.”
Researchers concluded the study by stating that “The use of a vegetarian – especially vegan – diet in Polish conditions is associated with a favorable lipid profile and may have cardioprotective effects.”