Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers identified a link between artificial sweetener intake and CVD risk, but industry takes issue with the nature of the study. GettyImages/PatriciaEnciso

Do artificial sweeteners increase risk of cardiovascular diseases?

By Flora Southey

A ‘potential direct’ link between artificial sweetener intake and increased cardiovascular disease risk has been suggested by researchers, but industry is fighting back: “There is no causal evidence that low/no calorie sweeteners could increase the risk...

Plant-centred diets offer heart health benefits / Pic: GettyImages-Lightfield Studios

Plant-centred or low-fat diets for heart health?

By Katy Askew

Fresh research has come out comparing the heart benefits associated with low-fat and ‘plant-centred’ diets. The results are in – plant-centred diets could be more effective at lowering heart disease risk.

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

By Elaine Watson

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular, is changing, at least in the media. But are policymakers sitting up and taking...

Plant-based Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a purely low-fat diet, according to a “landmark” new...

Reducing salt intake can lead to 'a significant reduction in cardiovascular events' according to the re-analysis of the Cochrane data.

Lancet paper blasts Cochrane salt study

By Nathan Gray

Commentary in The Lancet, along with a new analysis of the data, has slammed the recent Cochrane review that claimed salt reduction had no effect on strokes or heart attacks.

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