By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — For a host of causes, tens of millions globally are selecting to give up meat and target on a plant-dependent food plan.

But new study out of Greece is a reminder that not all vegetarian meal plans are healthier — in particular for people who are presently overweight.

“The good quality of plant-dependent meal plans differs,” concluded a team led by Matina Kouvari of Harokopio University in Athens.

Reporting Thursday at the virtual meeting of the European Culture of Cardiology (ESC), her team assessed the meal plans of 146 randomly chosen overweight people in Athens, who experienced typical blood tension, blood cholesterol and blood sugar, and did not nevertheless have heart sickness.

Their meal plans were assessed working with a questionnaire about their typical feeding on practices in the earlier calendar year. It requested about 156 meals and beverages typically eaten in Greece.

Inside of ten many years, virtually 50 percent of the participants experienced gone on to produce significant blood tension, significant blood cholesterol and significant blood sugar — a combination which is significantly dangerous for the heart.

Nonetheless, meal plans focused on much healthier plant-dependent meals were affiliated with typical blood tension, blood lipids and blood sugar. These “much healthier” vegetarian possibilities incorporated complete grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and tea/coffee, as effectively as meals manufactured with the least total of processing.

On the other hand, harmful plant-dependent meals — items these types of as juices, sweetened beverages, refined grains (for example, white bread and pasta), potatoes and any variety of sweets — were affiliated with establishing significant blood tension, significant blood cholesterol and significant blood sugar, the team observed.

“This getting was far more apparent in girls,” Kouvari mentioned in an ESC news release. “Prior study has revealed that girls are inclined to take in far more plant-dependent meals and a lot less animal-dependent products than adult males. But our analyze implies that this does not promise much healthier food stuff choices and in turn superior overall health standing.”

Most dietary reports determine plant-dependent meal plans just as “vegetarian” or “very low in meat,” which usually means all plant meals are thought of equal, the researchers noted. But “our analyze highlights the variable dietary good quality of plant meals,” Kouvari mentioned.


Sharon Zarabi is a registered dietitian who directs the bariatric system at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York Town. Looking through above the new conclusions, she agreed that just going devoid of meat would not promise fantastic overall health.

“Going vegetarian and staying away from meat will go away far more home for highly processed carbs, which raise insulin levels and make fat decline tricky,” she noted.

“Perfectly-knowledgeable, nourishment-proficient vegetarians wanting to cut down insulin [which is a excess fat-storing hormone], cut down blood tension, triglycerides and cholesterol will have to strategy superior to include nuts, seeds, fish and eggs, relying or whether they are lacto-ovo vegetarians or pescatarians,” Zarabi mentioned. In this way, they can “manage average protein levels and stay away from adding excess carbs,” she stated.

What ever your food plan program, the crucial is to make it “sustainable and pleasant,” she mentioned.

Because the conclusions were introduced at a professional medical meeting, they really should be thought of preliminary till revealed in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Resources: Sharon Zarabi, RD, bariatric system director, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Town European Culture of Cardiology, news release, Aug. 27, 2020

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