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Risk of Heart Disease From Vegetarian Diets

"Well, after I had the heart attack (1988), it was a very simple choice. What the doctor told me I did and I did it religiously. I ate nothing but lean turkey breast or chicken breast or a piece of fish that was very lean. I mean I stayed away from everything."
- Mike Ditka (hospitalized in 2012 after experiencing a cardiovascular stroke)

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Regarding the consumption of lean chicken and Mike's stroke; it ain't the fat. It's the protein! See why:

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Nutrition, March, 2013

Study Title:

"Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom."

Study Objective:

"To examine the association of a vegetarian diet with risk of ischemic heart disease."

Study Design:

'A total of 44,561 men and women living in England and Scotland who were enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)–Oxford study, of whom 34% consumed a vegetarian diet at baseline, were part of the analysis."

Scientist's Finding:

"Vegetarians had a 32% lower risk of Ischemic heart disease than did nonvegetarians."


"Consuming a vegetarian diet was associated with lower ischemic heart disease risk."

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"The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades."
- Demetri Martin

Robert Cohen

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