How Healthy Is Your Heart?

Published by PETA.

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Recent news of the untimely passing of Tim Russert has struck a chord with a lot of people now questioning their own health. Doctors confirmed that the 58-year-old Meet the Press moderator died of a heart attack—a cause of death all too common in our country. Heart disease is actually one of the top three killers that our country faces, alongside cancer and strokes. And heart disease is commonly a symptom of poor diets, so it’s a serious matter that should make everyone think twice about the foods they’re choosing to put in their bodies.

Remember all those times your mother wouldn’t let you leave the dinner table before finishing your vegetables? Well, she was on to something. We’re not talking about the latest scientific discovery here—just the facts that have been around for a long time.

A vegetarian diet can have a profound impact on the health of the human body. Filling your stomach with plant-based foods instead of animal products eliminates the unhealthy saturated fat and cholesterol that come from consuming animals and animal byproducts, not to mention all the steroids pumped into the animals for unnatural rapid growth results.

We’ve received so many questions about heart health since Russert’s tragic death that we sent off a letter to the editor highlighting just how beneficial a vegetarian diet can be—even reducing the risk of developing heart disease by 50 percent.

Go on over to the VegCooking Blog to find some truly delicious recipes that will make both your tummy and your heart happy. Homemade vegan shepherd’s pie, anyone?

Posted by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind