Eating lots of saturated fat, processed meats and added sugars can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.
‘Eating meat and refined carbs for breakfast instead of dinner and eating plant-based foods for dinner lowers your risk for heart disease.’
Eating a heart-healthy diet with more whole carbohydrates like vegetables and grains and less meat can significantly offset the risk of cardiovascular disease.
“Meal timing along with food quality are important factors to consider when looking for ways to lower your risk of heart disease. Our study found people who eat a plant-based dinner with more whole carbs and unsaturated fats reduced their risk of heart disease by ten percent,” said study author Ying Li of the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China.
“It’s always recommended to eat a healthy diet, especially for those at high risk for heart disease, but we found that eating meat and refined carbs for breakfast instead of dinner was associated with a lower risk.”
The researchers studied 27,911 U.S. adults’ data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and analyzed dietary information collected during interviews with the participants over two non-consecutive days.
They examined the association between eating different fats, carbohydrates and proteins at breakfast or dinner with participants’ rates of heart disease.
The analysis found eating a plant-based dinner reduced heart disease risk by ten percent.