Brazilian Vegans have Speedier Cholesterol Removal

Hear ye, hear ye – another cross-sectional study on vegans has been released!

This time, it’s from Brazil (1). The main focus of the study was to determine how fast various lipids (triglycerides and cholesterol) were removed from the blood.

21 vegans were compared to 29 omnivores. The vegans had lower intakes of calories, saturated fat, and total fat. Vegans had similar triglyceride removal to omnivores, but they had faster cholesterol removal. Vegans also showed a lower rate of transferring cholesterol to HDL particles which is, apparently, a good thing.

The authors conclude that these findings, along with the vegans’ lower LDL cholesterol levels, puts vegans at a lower risk for atherogensis (fatty build up in the arteries).


1. Vinagre JC, Vinagre CG, Pozzi FS, Slywitch E, Maranhão RC. Metabolism of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and transfer of lipids to high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in vegan and omnivore subjects. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2011 Sep 19. Link

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