17 Feb '15, 4pm

Vegan diet is best at reducing heart disease risk in children

Vegan diet is best at reducing heart disease risk in children

A new study compares the effects of a vegan diet vs. the American Heart Association diet on obese children with high cholesterol. Plant-based, low-fat wins the day. Obesity levels are very high among American youth. Over the past thirty years, the rate of obesity has doubled in children aged 6-11 and tripled in those aged 12-19. With it comes health problems and greater risk of stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Changing one’s diet, however, can go a long ways toward reducing those risks and maintaining a healthier body weight. It’s just a question of finding which diet is most effective – something that doctors at the Cleveland Clinic recently set out to find. Michael Macklin, a staff pediatrician at the clinic, led a four-week study to compare the effects of the American Heart Association (AHA) diet against a plant-based, no-added-fat vegan diet. The results wer...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/vegan-diet-best-reducing...

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