Eating a few more or fewer servings of vegetables won’t reduce your heart disease risk, according to a study published in Frontiers of Nutrition. Using data from the UK Biobank, researchers found no benefit at all to adding servings of cooked vegetables to a meaty diet. Raw vegetables did seem to reduce heart risks slightly. But the take-home lesson is that, to really cut risks, it pays to dump the meat, cheese, and other unhealthy foods, not just add a serving of vegetables on the side.
Feng Q, Kim JH, Omiyale W, et al. Raw and cooked vegetable consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease: a study of 400,000 adults in UK Biobank. Front Nutr. Published online February 21, 2022. doi:10.3389/fnut.2022.831470