Originally Posted by Tiggr
I am following the plant-based gluten-free diet. Beans, legumes rice, quinoa, all different nuts. I make my own nut milks raw rather than cooked. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and still ended up with CVD and 2 blockages. I also have Rheumatoid arthritis so I go gluten free. Trying to cut down as many foods that increase inflammation. I have also heard that almond skins are not good to eat. Way too much information out there that may or may not be reliable.
Holy cow. Yes, it is possible to develop cardiovascular disease, even with a vegetarian diet. In a very large, peer-reviewed comparative study of omnivores vs. vegetarians ((the EPIC-Oxford Study), a 32% lower incidence of ischemic heart disease was observed in the vegetarians, compared to the omnivores: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/ea....full.pdf+html
. This is an impressive risk reduction, but it obviously wasn't perfect.
Because your health is evidently at risk, it might be helpful to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian that specializes in cardiovascular disease and in vegetarian/vegan nutrition. They can work with you and your physician to help you plan a delicious veg diet that addresses your health issues. A Registered Dietitian will also separate nutritional facts from fiction.
In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.eatright.org
. Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.
In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/
In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/
In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx
In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/