Vegetarians Live 3.5 Years Longer Than Meat Eaters
Article courtesy of Shape.com.
Whether you choose to eat meat or have hopped on the vegetarian bandwagon, you’ve probably recognized that the debate between which is the healthier way to go can get real personal real fast. But the battle between meat eaters and die-hard vegetarians might end in a winner-takes-all veggie victory, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. (Could You Be Genetically Programmed to Be a Vegetarian?)
In a clinical review of six existing large-scale studies that involved over 1.5 million participants, researchers in Arizona set out to investigate the effects of a meat-filled diet on mortality rates. And what they found is bad news for meat lovers.
Among their findings, which were published in the Journal of The American Osteopathic Association, the researchers concluded that meat eaters experience higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as an overall increased risk of mortality over their vegetarian counterparts—enough to make you think about going for the veggie burger over beef this summer.
Overall, the researchers concluded that those who abstain from meat entirely have a life expectancy of about three and a half years longer than meat-eaters. You win this one, vegetarians…
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