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Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat Eaters (We’re Not Surprised)

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A new study from Loma Linda University found that people who eat a vegetarian diet may live up to nine years longer than people who eat meat. We can’t say we’re surprised at the findings; This is just more evidence to add to the growing case that a plant-based diet is better for both your body and for the earth.

The data from the study was presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. Researchers are in the process of following 96,000 Canadian and US citizens in order to learn about how eating habits affect health. The study includes Seventh-day Adventists, who generally follow a vegetarian diet.

And the results of the study are striking (if not surprising). Male Seventh Day Adventists lived, on average, 9.5 years longer than men who ate meat, and female Seventh-day Adventists lived about 6.1 years longer than their counterparts. Vegetarians and vegans were also found to be less insulin-resistant than meat eaters, and vegans were found to weigh, on average, 30 lbs less than meat eaters.

I’m not a vegetarian, but it seems like every week I hear or read new information on how beneficial it is to be one. I don’t eat lots of meat myself (mainly chicken and fish), but at this rate it might not be long before I give up animal products altogether.

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