Kristine Lofgren

Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

by , 07/11/14

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According to new research, eating meat might be killing you – and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat a meat-based diet. On top of that, vegetarian diets significantly reduce carbon emissions, since various studies have shown that meat production contributes anywhere from 14 to 50% of all greenhouse gasses. According to the study, vegetarian food production resulted in about a third fewer emissions than a meat-eating diet.

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The study is the first of its kind to look at a large, living population – over 96,000 people – rather than simulated data or a small group of individuals. The data from the study shows that a vegetarian diet really is a healthy option, which is useful information given our current diet confusion (Paleo diet? Full fat? Low carb?). According to Sam Soret, one of the co-authors of the study, “the takeaway message is that relatively small reductions in the consumption of animal products result in non-trivial environmental benefits and health benefits.”

Related: Students Reap Major Benefits at the First School in America to Go Vegetarian

The full study hasn’t been published yet – it is slated to come out in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio – but the study, conducted by Loma Linda University on a diverse range of over 73,000 Seventh Day Adventists could help point the way to a healthier life and a healthier planet.

Via Treehugger

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4 Comments

  1. Laurie Rivera September 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    That comment should read,

    “The SAD gets 2/3 to 3/4 of it’s calories from PLANT food.”

  2. Laurie Rivera September 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The SAD gets 2/3 to 3/4 of it’s calories from animal food. In other words, it is NOT based on meat. If you have any desire to be accurate (and I seriously doubt that you do), this line should should read, “shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat a plant-based junk-food diet with some meat.”

  3. Mikael Nordström September 13, 2014 at 3:34 am

    The issue is that vegan food destroys the soil of the earth since it requires billion tones of dagnerous chimical pesticides that kills all life in the soil. Grass feed animals are climate neutral. The amount of exhaust that grass-feed animals do will never be poisonous for our breathing. This is a system that have been adapted for the earth during millions of years. Nothing just invented as veganism are.

  4. Peter Brooks July 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    meat teeters

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