Well, this is exciting news for fans of plant-based diets. According to the Wall Street Journal, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that participants who followed a vegetarian diet lived longer and were less likely to suffer disease than their meat-eating counterparts. Score one for the vegetarians of the world!
Researchers at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. tracked more than 73,000 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church — which is headquartered in Loma Linda — over a six-year period. The church advocates a vegetarian diet, but not everyone follows it strictly, so the researchers carefully detailed what the participants ate, and when.
The results are somewhat astounding. During the six years, vegetarians experienced 12% fewer deaths and were 19% less likely to die of heart disease compared to their carnivorous counterparts.
Bad news for women, though: Vegetarian diets seem to have their most profound effect on men.
While more studies still need to be done to determine how and why plant-based diets benefit the human body, you can just add this to the list of reasons to try going without meat for a while.