Meat, Vegetables and a new heart study

By Kristen Johnson

It was reported today that post-menopausal women with a high-protein diet could have a higher risk of heart failure, particularly if that protein comes from meat. Women who got their protein from a plant-based diet had a nearly 20% reduced rate of heart failure. The study looked at the diets of  104,000 women aged 50-79 years old. One of the lead researchers indicated that a study of men would likely show similar results, but such a study would need to be completed. (WEBMD). It was interesting to also note:

The researchers found an increased risk of heart failure from high-protein diets even after controlling for age, race, and other heart health risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes or coronary artery disease, Barbour said. (WEBMD).

So, we have yet one more study that indicates that a plant-based diet is beneficial to health. We know that eating plants is better for the environment, our health, and certainly for animals. So, why do people still insist on eating meat? Convenience? Tradition? I really don’t know.

I have been a vegan (no meat, no dairy, no animal products at all) for nearly a decade, and my husband is a pescatarian (no meat, but eats fish and dairy). We have managed to eat this way successfully for quite some time because it’s not difficult. Overall, I find that the lifestyle is less expensive than eating meat. All of my blood work over the years since I quit eating meat has shown nothing but excellent health, and during this timeframe I’ve exercised everyday (including completing my first century on my road bike).

We vegans eat at home and in restaurants. We don’t have horns, but we love all animals including those with horns. And, we eat an amazing array of interesting and tasty things: lentils, beans, quinoa, amaranth, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables, tofu – anything and everything you can possibly imagine that grows in the great outdoors.

Just a tip for new vegans/vegetarians – invest $20 in a new crockpot. The best lentils, beans, split peas and more can be thrown into the crockpot for a tasty meal when you get home from work. Cheap, easy, tasty (garlic and curry galore!) and it will do nothing but help your health, the environment’s health, and certainly that of innocent animals who don’t deserve to die.

3 John: 2 (NRSV): Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.

Stand up for your health. Stand up for animals. Most importantly, work together for health. Happy eating!

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io

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