Plant-based ultraprocessed foods raise heart disease, death risk

CNN June 11, 2024, 12:00 AM UTC

Summary: A new study found that eating plant-based ultraprocessed foods increases the risk of heart disease and early death. These foods raise bad cholesterol and hypertension, leading to cardiovascular diseases. Replacing them with fresh, frozen, or minimally processed plants can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 7% and the risk of dying from heart disease by 13%. Ultraprocessed plant-based foods were linked to a 5% increase in cardiovascular disease risk and a 13% increase in the risk of early death.

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