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From adolescence into young adulthood: relevance of more plant-based eating

Dr. Nathalie Michels, Ghent University, Belgium

Plant versus animal-based diet from adolescence into young adulthood: determinants and associations with cardiovascular and cognitive health. In this project, we aim to show the importance of a plant-based diet for cardiovascular and cognitive function, the two most important non-communicable diseases in current society. The project’s main innovative aspect is that associations and biological mechanistic pathways are tested for the first time in healthy participants followed up from adolescents until young adulthood. This is a vulnerable period for early disease development and the development of dietary habits.