A new study from the University of East Anglia shows that eating meat can be as good as regular exercise for heart health, reports  News Medical.

After researching the effect of seven amino acids to heart health on nearly 2,000 women, researchers found strong evidence that those who consumed amino acids had better cardiovascular health. Specifically, meat consumption was linked to low levels of arterial stiffness

'This research shows a protective effect of several amino acids on cardiovascular health," Dr. Amy Jennings, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, told News Medical. "Increasing intake from protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy produce, beans, lentils, broccoli and spinach could be an important and readily achievable way to reduce people's risk of cardiovascular disease."

So make sure you're eating your meat!

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