The study, which was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, also found that diets richer in animal products and refined carbohydrates increased the risk of death from heart disease by up to 32 percent.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that people who consumed a mostly plant-based diet were less likely to develop heart disease and to die from it than those who ate a diet rich in meat and refined carbohydrates.

The study concluded that not all vegetarian and plant-based diets were equally beneficial. Greater benefits were observed in participants who adhered to healthier versions of vegetarian and plant-based diets although even a considerably unhealthy plant-based diet went some way to reducing the risk of heart disease and death.

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