Strict Vegan Diet Might Cause Heart Attack and Stroke
An article published in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says that people following a Vegan diet might be a risk of developing hardening of the arteries ( atherosclerosis) and blood clotting. These conditions are can cause a stroke and heart attacks. A vegan diet is a very strict vegetarian diet which does not allow any kind of animal or meat products.
Though meat eaters are at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, vegans might also face some health concerns, according to Duo Li.A vegan diet lacks many important nutrients like zinc, iron, Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin B12. A well balanced vegetarian diet is good for protein content but not very good for fatty acids and fats. Therefore, vegans might have increased blood levels of homocysteine and decrease HDL levels. Both are factors which might lead to heart diseases.
The study concludes by suggesting the everyone should have fatty acids and Vitamin B12 in their diets to reduce the risk factors.