Vegetarians Less at Risk for Heart Disease, Study Finds

Unless all they eat are cheesy potatoes. That doesn't count

We hear you Gawker; a lifetime of tofu and salads sounds totally boring, but if it'll help us avoid heart disease, we might just do it.

According to a British study from University of Oxford's Cancer Epidemiology Unit, of the 44,500 subjects, vegetarians had a 32 percent lower risk of heart disease.

In the 50- to 70-year-old age bracket, 6.8 percent of omnivores were affected by heart disease, compared to only 4.6 percent of vegetarians.

"We think (it) is due to their lower cholesterol and blood pressure," lead researcher Francesca Crowe told AFP.

The study followed the eating habits of the volunteers for 11 years, taking into account the subjects' ages, smoking habits, and alcohol use, not to mention physical health, education, and income.

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Luckily, vegetarianism isn't just tofu and salads. There's imitation meat, seitan, mozzarella-stuffed portabello mushrooms... the list goes on. Cheesy potatoes and pizza are also vegetarian, but we don't think they'll work to help fight heart disease.