30 Years Long Study Suggests Eating Red Beans to Prevent Heart Diseases

A new study based on 30-years long observations to find out how red beans can save people from heart diseases. According to this new study, leaving red meat and obtaining the protein requirements from red beans can ensure a healthy heart. So, are you ready to give up a juicy steak for a bowl of baked beans?

This study, published in the journal ‘The BMJ’ evaluated 43,272 individuals from the US, with an average age of 53 years old. The results explained that quitting all red meat sources for healthier, plant-based products such as beans, soy and nuts can control the onset of heart diseases especially coronary heart disease (CHD).

The study also emphasized that eating whole grains and some dairy products instead of red meat can also lower this risk.

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There are so many studies that suggest that red meat is not healthy for heart health and plant-based diets are better for heart patients. Most of the health experts focus on following a Mediterranean diet that uses nuts, grains, and beans instead of red meat. So this new study strengthens the benefits of plant-based proteins which are significantly helpful for heart patients.

All of the participants in this study were American men, but there are high chances that this study is also true for women. There are many other studies that suggest similar benefits.

Plant-based diets such as Mediterranean diets are getting popular lately and studies like these add up to their value and benefits. The unique thing about this current study is that it investigates other factors that were ignored in previous studies such as the quantity of meat used, processed/unprocessed meat, and others.

The high amount of processed meat consumption increases the risk of coronary heart disease and other conditions. All the participants in this study were healthy when they were made a part of this study. None of them reported any cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or cancer.

This study started back in 1986 and all the participants which were a part of this study were asked to fill a questionnaire asking questions on their dietary habits every four years. During these 30 years, a total of 4,456 coronary heart diseases were reported and 1,860 cases turned out fatal.

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All the participants in this study were given one serving of protein per day. Those who were eating red meat showed a 12% high chance of coronary heart disease and an 11% risk was calculated for eating unprocessed meat. While the processed meat reported a 15% high risk of heart diseases.

On the other side, plant-based protein such as beans, legumes, and nuts was linked with a 14% reduction in coronary heart disease risk. However, this decrease is associated with high-quality plant-based products and not substandard and low-quality foods.

In addition to this, whole grains and moderate use of dairy products further reduced this risk. Conclusively, plant-based products offer higher benefits than eating red meat by controlling saturated fats, heme iron, and lipids levels, all of which are necessary for a healthy heart.



Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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