Vegan and vegetarian food isn’t necessarily better for you than meat.
Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra believes fast food chains’ plant based meals can be more likely to cause heart problems than regular ones.
In a YouTube video, the Harley Street doctor ranked products from best to worst.
And surprisingly, he placed veggie items as "more likely to give you a heart attack".
He told the All Hail Kale host that this is because of nutritional ratios.
The expert explained: “The more carbohydrate and the less protein, the more likely it is to give you a heart attack.”
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Dr Malhotra said McDonald’s Veggie Dippers and Veggie Deluxe were "more likely to cause heart attack" than a Big Mac.
And apparently, this is because the plant based options have less protein in.
The doctor said: “The McDonald’s Vegetable Deluxe is actually very high in carbohydrates and low in proteins.
“Whereas the original Big Mac has a total carbohydrate content of 46g and protein of 25g…
“So that ratio is obviously a lot worse for the Vegetable Deluxe – the high carb low protein basically means that when you eat this sort of food it’s going to have a big impact on your blood glucose.”
The expert added: “It’s going to have an increasing impact on your blood insulin to bring your glucose down.
“That’s something you want to avoid as much as you can – because over time, that leads to insulin resistance, which is the number one risk factor for heart attacks and also the precursor for type-2 diabetes.
“It’s at the root of obesity and also it’s linked to about 50% of people who develop high blood pressure is because of insulin resistance.
“So it’s a lose-lose if you’re eating those kind of foods on a regular basis.”
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While Dr Malhotra said that vegetarian and vegan fast food items may cause more blood sugar spikes than original meat recipes, he doesn’t think we should all be shovelling Big Macs down either.
He explained: “These are all ultra-processed so none of them are going to be good for you no matter what.”
To keep your body healthy, your best bet is to stick to a balanced diet.
For more information, visit the NHS website.
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