A study has concluded that swapping saturated fat for polyunsaturated fat could improve a patient's heart health.
Conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, the research revealed that those who made the switch saw a 19 per cent reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Dariush Mozaffarian, lead author of the study, commented: "The specific replacement nutrient for saturated fat may be very important.
"Our findings suggest that polyunsaturated fats would be a preferred replacement for saturated fats for better heart health."
The results prompted Su Taylor from the Vegetarian Society to highlight the possible benefits of cutting out animal produce, which is commonly high in saturated fats.
"This study adds to the research already available which has shown that veggies suffer less from obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, certain diet related cancers, diverticular disease, appendicitis, constipation and gallstones," said Ms Taylor.