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Opinion Letters Plant-based diet is answer to heart disease

The news that former Vice President Dick Cheney might have to undergo a heart transplant, after years of suffering from heart attacks, bypass surgery, and angioplasties, seems to underscore the importance of American Heart Month, which is observed in February. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but it’s easily preventable. We can all take simple steps—such as exercising and eating a vegan diet—to keep our hearts healthy for years to come.

Vegan foods are naturally cholesterol-free and have even been shown to reverse heart disease. William Castelli, M.D., the director of the Framingham Heart Study, the longestrunning clinical study in medical history, believes the heart disease epidemic would “disappear” if Americans simply adopted a plant-based diet.

The numbers back him up: The average vegan has a cholesterol level of 133 — 77 points lower than the average meat-eating American’s — and there haven’t been any reported heart attacks in people with cholesterol levels below 150.

Stay in the safe range: Visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions.

Heather Moore
PETA Foundation


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