An Oxford study has shown that vegetarianism can reduce the risk of heart disease by a third.
The research, carried out by the University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit, compared the risk of heart disease between vegetarians and meat eaters. It found that the former had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart disease.
Dr Francesca Crowe, lead author of the study, said: “The main implication of our finding is that diet has an important role in the prevention of heart disease.
“The lower risk of heart disease in vegetarians is probably due to their lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Even though this study included mainly middle-aged people, younger people will benefit in the long term if they adopt a vegetarian or more plant-based diet.”
This good news for vegetarians wasn’t received positively by the University’s more carnivorous students. Self-confessed ‘meat lover’ James Routley, a second-year Engineer at Trinity, commented: “I’m almost definitely not going to change my eating habits upon hearing this news.
“‘Live young die fast’ is what I’ve always said.”