Health Benefits of Vegetarianism – True-False-Mixed?

This article is based on evaluating a wealth of published studies. That doesn’t make it the answer, just good information for us to consider.

Then we can take the information and challenge it. Next we can to begin create our own plan on how to use it or search for suggestions by others on how to use it.

The big secret that will give us better results in all we do is to keep a health journal so we can link what we’ve changed to results that follow. It won’t be perfect. It will just be a better way of doing things to evaluate results than about 98% of everyone else uses.


Do Vegetarians Live Longer?

By William Faloon

Excess consumption of red meat increases the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other disorders.

As a result, health-conscious people are eating more fruit, vegetables, and fish, and are staying away from beef. With all the benefits attributed to plant foods, one might think that vegetarians enjoy a huge life-span advantage over meat eaters.

We reviewed the published scientific literature and uncovered some surprising data relating to diet and longevity. As one would expect, most studies show that those who consume lots of red meat have higher disease rates.1-14

Red meat not only predisposes people to lethal illness, but meat eaters also have increased risks of ailments such as appendicitis, chronic inflammation, and kidney disease.15-20

A huge volume of scientific data confirms the protective role of fruits and vegetables on human health.21-23 So the question is, do people who eat only fruits and vegetables—and no meat—live significantly longer?

Unexpected Findings

Vegetarians suffer fewer heart attacks than meat eaters.24-37 Interestingly, this benefit dissipates as vegetarians age.

For instance, one study showed that vegetarians under the age of 65 were 45% less like to suffer a heart attack than were meat eaters. Once vegetarians reached the age of 80, however, their heart attack risk was only 8% lower than that of meat eaters.38

Flickr: Meal Makeover Moms-Oldways Mediterranean LunchPS

Flickr: Meal Makeover Moms-Oldways Mediterranean LunchPS

Longevity studies of vegetarians produce conflicting data. Some studies do not show that vegetarians live significantly longer.25,29

Two studies of people who consumed very little meat showed an average life-span increase of 3.6 years.39

A huge study of Seventh Day Adventists who ate little or no meat showed longevity increases of 7.28 years in men and 4.42 years in women.40 These data are confounded by the fact that Seventh Day Adventists follow healthy lifestyles free of tobacco and alcohol.

Studies suggest that the longevity benefits conferred by a vegetarian diet dissipate as humans enter their ninth decade.39 This implies that while vegetarian diets reduce disease risk, restricting one’s diet to only plant foods does not completely protect against the effects of aging.

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Health Benefits of Vegetarianism - True-False-Mixed?

Health Benefits of Vegetarianism – True-False-Mixed?
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