A recent study by Harvard University suggests that vegetarians can significantly reduce their risk of early death. Researchers found that people who separated from meat reduced their risk of dying prematurely by one-third.
- Scientists presented the results of the Vatican's Fourth International Conference earlier this week.
- The study insists that we have largely underestimated the health benefits of herbal diets.
Lead author Walter Willett, MD, who presented the study results, concluded that a healthier vegetarian diet can prevent one-third of premature deaths. Early mortality is dramatically reduced even for non-vegans, but sacrificing meat.
Willett pointed out that eating healthier foods can lower the risk of premature death regardless of physical activity or smoking habits. In addition, the diet seems to effectively reduce all types of premature deaths, not just cancer-related.
Vegetarian diet can also lower cholesterol levels
Researchers believe that vegetarian diets are much healthier than imagined, because most studies' look at other risk factors for early mortality such as obesity
When we start to look at it, look Dr. Willet said:
He explained that there are some basic processes in the body that seem to benefit from a vegetarian diet
The study is consistent with previous studies that found a link between eating meat and a plethora of meat health benefits, and recent research at the University of Toronto has shown, for example, that vegetarian diets are as effective in cholesterol control as drugs
Canadian researchers gave studi only vegetable foods with vines, fruits, stems and leaves. After only a few weeks, the participants' cholesterol levels dropped by 35%, which is the same effect that only cholesterol-lowering medications could have achieved.
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