Press release

Heart health in the news.


21 July 2017


A story about a new research study into heart health and diet has been reported in a number of papers this week – some with more ‘creative reportage’ than others.
Although many media outlets covered the item in a balanced way, others appear to have put an exaggerated emphasis on the idea that a vegetarian diet may not be healthy. This is, however, applicable to any diet – anyone who has a diet of junk food hasn’t got a healthy diet. 
NHS Choices ‘Behind the Headlines’ has looked into the study, and related media reports, to provide the facts – you can read their full report here
The NHS ‘Behind the Headlines’ article conclusion comments:
“This large pooled cohort study seems to demonstrate an association between a healthy plant-based diet and reduced risk of coronary heart disease, and an increased risk of heart disease with an unhealthy plant-based diet.

“This adds to the evidence base supporting the possible benefits of healthy plant-based diets in protecting against certain illnesses.” 
We would like to reassure anyone who is concerned about some of the media headlines they may have read that a balanced vegetarian diet provides everything your body needs. And it is even easier to do with our 'Going Veggie: What to Eat' guide, full of helpful hints on how to eat healthily on a veggie diet.


The Vegetarian Society is a national charity that is passionate about veggie food! It’s kinder to your body, kinder to animals, kinder to the planet – and it tastes amazing! Visit for more information.


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