A recently published BBC article shows that eliminating meat and fish in favor of a vegetation diet can have a dramatically positive effect on your heart.
In a study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland, those who maintained a vegetarian diet were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease.
But that's not all. These vegetarian folks also showed healthier cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight, all of which give the heart a healthy boost.
Although choosing the vegetarian option is a healthy start, it is not a shortcut to having a healthy heart. Just as it takes time to build fat in arteries, it takes time to reverse the process.
But, don't be fooled; just because something is vegetarian - such as french fries - doesn't mean it's a healthy choice. Thus, cutting down on saturated fats in general, is a smart option.
If you are thinking of switching to a vegetarian diet, do so that your meals replace any lost protein, vitamins, and minerals, such as iron, that you would normally obtain from meat.