Prefer plant proteins to boost your heart health

New research supports the already known benefits of vegetarian diets. They show that replacing just one or two servings of animal protein with vegetable protein per day can reduce three of the major markers of cholesterol.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 112 randomized controlled trials in which participants replaced animal protein with vegetable protein for at least three weeks.

Most studies have used protein from soy to replace animal milk proteins.

The researchers then looked at the effects of these replacements on three key markers of cholesterol – low-density lipoprotein also known as “bad cholesterol”; high density lipoproteins also called “good cholesterol”; and apolipoprotein B, the proteins of bad cholesterol that clog the arteries.

Their results showed that by replacing one to two servings of animal protein with vegetable protein on a daily basis, the main markers of cholesterol could … Read More