Heart disease was deemed the leading cause of death in 2011 by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, with cancer a close second (1). This is the scary reality that we are faced with and as our diet continues to evolve further away from its natural state and our risks continue to climb.
With the intake of animal products and saturated fats in our diets, consumption can lead to an increase in blood cholesterol and ultimately a condition known as “atherosclerosis” (cholesterol build up on the artery walls). This is the beginning stages of coronary heart disease that can lead to heart attack and often times, death. Western medicine is quick to treat high cholesterol with drugs such as Lipitor, in hopes of lowering blood cholesterol levels . However, some medical professionals have opted for a safer alternative with a more favourable outcome; consumption of a plant-based diet. Through the elimination of meats, fish, poultry, dairy products and eggs patients are not only reducing their cholesterol levels but also helping to reduce the symptoms such as high blood pressure and in some cases even reversing damage.
Cardiologist, Dr. William Roberts believes that a “vegan diet is the solution to heart disease in the Western world” (2). Our bodies where not created to digest a carnivorous diet; with flat teeth and long intestines, we are much more herbivore orientated. Cultures around the globe that consume a primarily plant-based diet, have little to instances of coronary heart disease, leading to a lower mortality rate.
Eating a plant-based diet including, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains not only will prevent the process of heart disease but can also be used as a safe and long-term alternative to the treatment of heart disease over the use of drugs.
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