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Can’t get enough of that perfectly cooked, succulent meat? Researchers would advise you to cut down on it. A new study conducted on effects of different protein sources on one’s health has found out that consuming heavy animal protein specifically processed and red meats can be very bad for your health. It can also increase your chances of an early death.
The researchers also noted that the protein derived from plant sources appeared to reduce the risk of an early death. In order to reach the findings, the researchers evaluated the data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The study included the data of around 10,000 participants dating back to 1980s. The data also included essential information like the statistics on the participant’s dietary intake and questionnaires on their health.
The researchers noted that during the course of the entire study, around 36,000 participants died. The study noted that those who died early consumed high amount of animal protein along with at least one of the unhealthy lifestyle factor like obesity or being underweight, heavy alcohol consumption, history of smoking, physical inactivity. On the other hand, the researchers noted that those who lived longer were healthy people who got most of their protein from plant sources like beans and nuts.
The researchers found out that protein derived from plant sources could be key for a healthy and longer life.
Commenting on the findings, the author of the study, Mingyang Song said, “Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices. Future studies should examine the mechanisms underlying the different effects of plant and animal proteins – along with different sources of animal proteins – on overall health.”
The findings of the study were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday.