These 5 studies are showing why more people are turning to plant-based eating. So, let’s take a look, shall we?
- Diabetes – People who adhered to a plant-based diet slashed their type 2 diabetes risk on average 23% according to a nine-study meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. The inverse association was even stronger when healthy plant-based foods, such as vegetables, nuts, whole grains and legumes replaced starches and refined grains.
- Heart Disease – Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied more than 12,000 middle-aged adults and found those with a diet higher in plant foods and lower animal foods had a lower risk of death from heart disease.
- Diet Quality – Those living on limited incomes may find this interesting. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating more plant proteins such as legumes rather than animal protein can be a cost-effective way to improve their diet quality.
- Weight – Harvard Investigators over a 4-year interval found that 126,982 subjects had less weight gain when they ate a plant based diet, especially one that emphasizes healthier plant derived foods.
- Nutrition – The Journal of Nutrition reported that vegans and vegetarians tend to have higher levels of certain antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids compared with non-vegetarians.
With this evidence it would be wonderful if everyone reading this could increase their vegetable intake to at least 3 – 5 a day. That would be a great strategy for longevity.