Vegan and vegetarian diets « link to higher stroke risk»

Vegan and vegetarian diets lower the risk of heart disease but raise the risk of stroke, a major study suggests.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 48,000 people for up to 18 years.

The vegans and vegetarians had 10 fewer cases of coronary heart disease per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters but three more cases of stroke.

Diet experts said, whatever people’s dietary choice, eating a wide range of foods was best for their health.

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