Protein can be really beneficial for your body but it appears that not all protein is the same. A new study analysed protein intake, and the scientists have discovered that there is a major difference between plant and animal protein intake.
Protein from seeds or nuts is really good for your heart. One the other hand, the protein that comes from meat can cause you heart troubles, and there is a higher chance that you will suffer from heart disease.
The difference between plant and animal
The study is called “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,” and the team behind it was composed of researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris, France and researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and AgroParisTech. The study appeared in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
The experts analysed more than 81,00 participants and they focused especially on the heart disease risks. “While dietary fats are part of the story in affecting risk of cardiovascular disease, proteins may also have important and largely overlooked independent effects on risk,” declared Gary Fraser, one of the co-principal investigators in the study
According to the researchers, the persons who consume large amounts of protein that comes from nuts experience a 40% reduction in cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, the people who consume similar amounts of protein, but this time meat protein, have a 60% increase in cardiovascular disease.
The results of the study aren’t exactly surprising, and they mostly refer to what nutritionist normally called “good fats” and “bad fats”. However, this time there is actual proof for these theories, and the major investigation shows us exactly how the protein in these foods affects us.
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