If you like living, then you’ll love living longer, and according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating adequate amounts of plant protein may be the way to put more gold in your golden years.
This very large, very comprehensive study examined the 30 years of data in the National Health Survey and the 26 years of information from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The surveys documented 36,000 deaths: 9,000 from cardiovascular disease, 13,000 from cancer and 14,000 from other causes.
From this data, researchers were able to correlate a link between high consumption of animal protein and a small increase in mortality rates.However, those subjects who ate more plant proteins had a lower rate of mortality.
There were some caveats to this study. Those living healthy lifestyles–low alcohol, no smoking, active, etc–saw no increase in mortality even if they consumed a lot of animal protein, and the dangers of animal protein seemed to stem mostly from red and processed meats, not fish and poultry.
From the Press Release
“Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices. Future studies should examine the mechanisms underlying the different effects of plant and animal proteins – along with different sources of animal proteins – on overall health.”
Mingyang Song, MD
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