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How do plant-based diets prevent cardiovascular disease?

There are several ways in which plant-based diets modify the risk of cardiovascular disease and its main risk factors. At the core of cardiovascular disease is the development of atherosclerosis — the build up of plaque inside the arteries. These plaques are made up predominantly of fat, cholesterol and calcium. Overtime, these plaques harden, narrow the arteries, limit blood flow to the…