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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Vegetarians at higher risk of heart disease than omnivores

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the Journal of Nutrition 2002 Feb;132(2):152-8 and a recipe for basil and chillies beef stir-fry.

Study title and authors:
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Plasma homocysteine levels in Taiwanese vegetarians are higher than those of omnivores.
Hung CJ, Huang PC, Lu SC, Li YH, Huang HB, Lin BF, Chang SJ, Chou HF.
Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Tzu-Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.

This paper can be accessed at:
High homocysteine levels in the blood can damage the lining of the arteries. People who have very high levels of homocysteine are at an increased risk for heart disease.
The author found vegetarians have higher blood homocysteine levels than omnivores.

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Recipe of the day

Basil and Chillies Beef Stir-Fry

•Fat for cooking;
•3 finely chopped red chillies
•3 minced garlic cloves;
•2 tbsp fish sauce, optional (use water if you don’t have fish sauce);
•1 lb tender beef, cut in thin slices;
•150 g chopped asparagus;
•1 cup fresh basil leaves;
•Thinly sliced red chilli for garnishing;

Mix the chopped chillies, garlic and fish sauce in a bowl and add the beef. Put in the refrigerator to marinate for about 2 hours. Heat some fat in the wok, stir-fry the beef as per the general technique and remove from the wok. Add more fat and stir-fry the asparagus. Add 1/4 cup water or stock when the asparagus is almost cooked. Return the beef to the wok, add the basil and cook for another minute. Garnish the finished dish with slices of chilli.

Basil and Chillies Beef Stir-Fry