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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Associated with Lower Cholesterol Levels

A new meta-analysis from the Technical University in Copenhagen shows that vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with a 7% reduction in total cholesterol and a 14% reduction in all artery-blocking lipoproteins, therefore reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease for people who maintain such a diet for at least five years.

Withing this meta-study, the research team completed the analysis of the results of 30 different randomized trials, the results of which were published in the period from 1980 to 2022 investigating the effect of plant-based diets on cholesterol.

Senior investigator of the study, Dr. Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, says: “The Institute of Nutrition at the Technical University in Copenhagen estimates that 20-35% of the impact on the climate can be reduced by limiting the number of meat products, and reduced with 45-50% if only vegan diets are produced and used.”

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