Everyone knows that animal advocates are all heart. But did you know that being animal-friendly can actually protect your heart? Animal products are loaded with heart-hurting fat and cholesterol. So dumping them is like dumping a bad partner – it does your heart a huge favour. For World Heart Day on 29 September, PETA is urging everyone to have a heart – a vegan one.
Former US President Bill Clinton knows all about the heart-healthy benefits of vegan foods. Once well-known for his McDonald’s habit and fatty, meaty meals, he soon also became known for his struggles with heart disease. But Bill had an epiphany: his diet of dead animals was soon going to claim one more victim – Bill himself. Now primarily vegan for more than three years, Bill says he has reversed his heart disease and lost weight, and he looks and feels better than ever. And he’s become a one-man vegan recruiting machine.
And why shouldn’t he be? Doctors and nutritionists agree with him about the benefits of a vegan diet. Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute took a group of patients with advanced heart disease, placed them on a low-fat vegetarian diet and asked them to walk a bit each day. The patients reported that their chest pains went away and their cholesterol levels dropped significantly without the need for drugs. Numerous studies and countless nutrition experts, including PETA’s resident nutritionist, Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, have confirmed that one of the best things that people can do for their hearts (besides getting out of a bad relationship) is going vegan.
Don’t let animal products break your heart. Go vegan for World Heart Day.