| Heart Disease
The most profound benefit to be gained from reduced consumption of animal products is the resulting reduction in the risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among nations with high consumption of animal products. In the US, $100 billion is spent annually to treat heart disease.
Atherosclerosis can be reversed. Plaques develop on the arterv walls of people consuming high levels of saturated fats and cholesterol. However, with a sufficient reduction in the dietary intake of saturated fats and cholesterol, these plaque formations can begin to dissolve, thus opening up the arteries.
Source: John McDougall, M.D., McDouaall's Medicine, page 100.
Most common cause of death in US: Heart disease
Risk of death from heart attack for the average American man: 50%
Risk of death from heart attack for the average American man who consumes no meat: 15%
Risk of death from heart attack for the average American man who consumes no meat, dairy-products or eggs: 4%
Average cholesterol level of people eating a meat-centered diet: 210 mg/dl
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol is 210 mg/dl: Greater than 50%
Dietary cholesterol intake needed to support human health: None — the body makes its own.
Leading sources of saturated fat and cholesterol in American diets: Meat, dairy products and eggs
Amount of cholesterol in chicken: The same as beef, 25 mg per ounce
Main location of cholesterol in animal flesh: The lean portion
Cholesterol found in all grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds: None
Chance of dying from heart disease if you do not consume cholesterol: 4%