Swedish researchers found that heart attack risk increased by 37 percent on Christmas Eve and 15 percent on Christmas Day, compared to the two weeks before and after Christmas, possibly due in part to overeating. People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease were at greater risk—that’s more than 120 million Americans.
Of course, filling up on baked potatoes and broccoli won’t lead to a heart attack. But a Christmas coronary could be around the corner if you load up on holiday ham; baked potatoes topped with butter, sour cream, and bacon; and broccoli swimming in cream sauce and cheese.
Research shows that the risk of a heart attack quadruples within hours after eating a large, fatty meal, in part because it increases blood pressure, which may rupture cholesterol plaques causing a clot that can block a blood vessel and trigger a heart attack.
Instead of putting your heart health at risk this holiday season, try out our vegan holiday menu below. A vegan diet works even better than the American Heart Association-recommended diet for heart disease prevention, according to a new study published by the American Heart Association.
Then keep your heart-heathy diet going into 2019 and beyond by downloading the newly redesigned 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app and picking up a copy of my latest book, The Vegan Starter Kit, which comes out on Dec. 24.