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Coconut Oil Raises Risk Factors for Heart Disease

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Coconut oil raises cholesterol levels, according to a meta-analysis published online in Circulation. Researchers examined 16 publications that assessed the effects of coconut oil consumption on blood lipids and heart disease risk factors. Consumption of coconut oil significantly raised total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol levels when compared to consumption of nontropical vegetable oils. Results also showed no benefit of coconut…

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Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Death from Heart Disease

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A plant-based diet lowers the risk of dying from a heart attack, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers assessed diet records and cardiovascular disease-related mortality for 11,879 participants in the NHANES III study. The authors developed an index that scored plant-based and animal-based foods differently to quantify adherence to a vegetarian diet. This allowed for…

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Plant-Based Diet Best for Heart Disease and Obesity

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A whole-food, plant-based diet is best for reducing weight and cholesterol, according to a study published this week in Nutrition & Diabetes. Researchers tracked weight and cholesterol levels for 65 overweight participants who also had at least one other metabolic condition (e.g., heart disease, type 2 diabetes) and randomized half into a low-fat, vegan dietary intervention group with no calorie…

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