(USA)

A plant-based diet can prevent – and even reverse – heart problems, according to a new study.

Examining the results of various clinical trials, researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the US have released a paper which says deaths from cardiovascular disease, and coronary disease itself, can both be reduced by 40% through the adoption of a plant-based diet.

“A plant-based diet has the power to not only prevent heart disease, but also manage and sometimes even reverse it – something no drug has ever done,” says Dr Hana Kahleova, study author and the Physicians Committee director of clinical research. “Heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death. This study proves it doesn’t have to be.”

Political leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos got a taste of the plant-based food revolution earlier this year – and the trend for this new way of eating is set to continue.

Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director, The Good Food Institute, wrote for us in our biotech special in January about the burgeoning industry being an opportunity for innovators to make money and save the world – read what he has to say in the digital version below.