For the sake of maintaining health, most experts advise to adopt a
balanced diet that is a combination of carbohydrates, proteins such as
meat, vegetables, and fruit. But a new study reveals that being a
vegetarian is healthier and makes for longevity.
In detail this
study says that people who limit their intake of meat that they consume
and depend on the consumption of fruits and vegetables are less likely
to die within a certain period of time.
"I think these findings
add to the evidence suggesting a positive effect of vegetarian-style
diets in preventing chronic illness and prolonging life." Michael
Orlich, lead researcher from Loma Linda University, California, USA.
conclusion was obtained after Orlich and his colleagues looked at data
from 73,308 people recruited from several churches in America and Canada
At the start of the study, participants were
asked about their eating habits and divided into several categories
based on the frequency of participants when consuming milk, eggs, fish
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8 percent of participants were vegetarians who did not eat meat at all
while the other 29 percent belonged to lacto-ovo-vegetarians who did not
eat fish or meat but still drank milk and ate eggs. 15 percent of
participants sometimes eat meat, including fish.
researchers used a national database to find out how many participants
died counted until December 31, 2009. It turned out that seven people
died (for whatever reason) per 1,000 people who eat meat every year.
Whereas the vegetarian death rate is only 5-6 cases per 1,000
vegetarians per year.
Uniquely, men get the greatest benefit from the plant-based diet.
as reported by Reuters on Wednesday (5/6/2013), Orlich warned that they
can not say if adopting a vegetarian diet will prevent someone from
dying, because there may be other factors that are not measured in this
Then should everyone turn vegetarian? Dr. Robert Baron,
who wrote an editorial for a new study published in JAMA Internal
Medicine, said: "I do not think everyone needs to be a vegetarian but if
they want to, it shows that the effect is positive on health," Baron,
professor of medicine University of California, San Francisco.
not, Baron advises to further limit the use of additional sugars,
refined grains or processed grains and saturated fats, including
consuming milk, eggs, fish and meat in moderation.