Diet of Vegetables
Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and
Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study
June 18th 2006
Researchers have discovered that vegetables are good for you because
they reduce hardening of the arteries. Scientists at the Wake Forest
University School of Medicine conducted their research on mice that were
predispose to developing atherosclerosis, the formation fatty plaques on
blood vessel walls which will eventually protrude into the vessel's
opening and can reduce blood flow.
The mice all had elevated levels of bad cholesterol (low-density
lipoprotein or LDL), which is a risk factor for atherosclerosis in
humans. The researchers fed half of the mice a diet consisting of 30
percent (of their calories) vegetables. These vegetables included a
mixture of freeze-dried broccoli, green beans, corn, peas and carrots.
These are five of the top-10 vegetables eaten in the United States based
on frequency of consumption.