A Large-Scale Harvard Study Extols the Virtues of a Plant-Based Diet
Regular rutabaga, carrot and beet consumption may be the key to warding off type 2 diabetes. This comes from a large-scale study out of Harvard University that followed the dietary patterns of over 200,000 thousand subjects over the better part of two decades.
Among the many findings, researchers saw that those who stuck to a diet that was high in plant foods and low in animal products reduced their risk of diabetes by 20%, but those who ate a healthy and plant-based diet reduced their risk of diabetes by 34%. Those at the other end of the plant-gobbling spectrum, the “shabby plant-based eaters”–people who chowed on a lot of refined grains, taters and soda still reduced their risk of diabetes by 16%. Heck, according to the researchers just reducing your consumption of animal products by a serving or two seemed to confer some protection against the disease.
Researchers believe that the possible health benefits are derived from the vegetables’ fiber, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and micronutrients like magnesium. Additionally, they cite plant foods for their ability to help create a healthier gut microbiome.
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