A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that people with diets high in plant-based foods reduce their risk of stroke compared to those with lower-quality diets. The researchers defined plant-based diets as rich in foods including “leafy greens, whole grains, and beans, and including lower levels of foods like refined grains, potatoes, and added sugars.”

A plant-based diet can lower overall stroke risk by 10%. “Our findings have important public health implications, suggesting that future nutrition policies to lower stroke risk should take the quality of food into consideration,” said first author Megu Baden, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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The study was published in the medical journal Neurology. Researchers looked at data from over 200,000 people in a study that were followed for over 25 years.

“Many individuals have been increasing the amount of plant-based components in their diet,” said Kathryn Rexrode, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and co-author of the paper. “These results show that higher intake of healthy plant-based foods may help reduce long-term stroke risk and that it is still important to pay attention to diet quality of plant-based diets.”

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