Being Vegan Can Help You Live Longer

Give it a shot ;-)

New research from Harvard finds at least a third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone switched to a vegetarian diet. Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School says the benefits of a plant-based diet have been underestimated and that new data suggests at least 200,000 lives could be saved by cutting meat from diets.

Willett explained while speaking at a recent conference that after doing some calculations and looking at how much they could reduce mortality by shifting to a plant-based diet, they estimate about a third of deaths could be prevented. He says, “That’s not even talking about physical activity or not smoking, and that’s all deaths, not just cancer deaths.”

A recent study from the University of Toronto also found that following a vegetarian diet has the same impact on cholesterol levels that medication has. Researchers fed people a “simian diet” - high in stems, leaves, vines, and fruits, like gorillas eat - and found that humans experienced a 35% dip in cholesterol after two weeks on the diet, which is the equivalent of taking cholesterol-lowering statins.

And previous research has shown a vegetarian diet can lower the risk for heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. So maybe make this a meatless Monday and pile on the plants.

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