Changes caused by long term vegetarian diet may raise risk of heart disease and cancer


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Scientists have discovered that genetic mutations in long-term vegetarians raise the risk of heart disease and cancer. They believe that the mutations occurred to enable vegetarians to absorb essential fatty acids from plants.

The findings, published in theJournal of Molecular Biology and Evolution indicate that populations that followed a primarily vegetarian diet for many generations were found to be likely to carry the DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation due to the production of arachidonic acid. Basically, the body converts fatty acids from plants to dangerous arachidonic acid that has pro-inflammatory properties.

In the study, researchers from the Cornell University in the US compared the genes of vegetarian populations in Pune, India to the high meat-diet populations in Kansas and found a significant difference in the genes linked to fat metabolism.

“Those whose ancestry derives from vegetarians are more likely to carry genetics that…

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