Relationship Between a Plant-Based Dietary Portfolio and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Findings From the Women’s Health Initiative Prospective Cohort Study

Year Published: 2021


J Am Heart Assoc


Andrea J Glenn, Kenneth Lo, David J A Jenkins, Beatrice A Boucher, Anthony J Hanley, Cyril W C Kendall, JoAnn E Manson, Mara Z Vitolins, Linda G Snetselaar, Simin Liu, John L Sievenpiper


"The plant-based Dietary Portfolio combines established cholesterol-lowering foods (plant protein, nuts, viscous fiber, and phytosterols), plus monounsaturated fat, and has been shown to improve low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. No studies have evaluated the relation of the Dietary Portfolio with incident CVD events."

Key Findings

Key Findings: "In this prospective cohort of postmenopausal women in the United States, higher adherence to the Portfolio Diet was associated with a reduction in incident cardiovascular and coronary events, as well as heart failure. These findings warrant further investigation in other populations."