To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Your Protein From Plants, Not Meat

Have you ever wondered yourself how much protein are you consuming on a day-to-day basis, and through what that protein enters into your organism?

The latest research related with the affection of the protein, published at the JAMA Internal Medicine explains that the amount of protein and how that protein comes into your body may have a great impact on your lifespan. The latest studies done at the Massachusetts General Hospital resulted with shocking news. They confirm that people who eats a lot of animal protein i.e. they enter protein into their body through an animal meat, had higher risk of dying in the next several decades compared with the people who are consuming animal meal normally. People who favour more processed red meal rather than fish are in the most critical group of shortening their lifespan. On the other hand, people whose diet is focused more on plant-based protein have a lower-than-average risk of dying.

The latest study that confirms these statements was a long-term study and included more than 170,000 participants in total. The people who were included into this study were examined for 26 to 30 years and were asked to answer questions regarding their health and eating habits every few years, too. Mainly, the examinees received 14 percentages of their daily calories from animal protein, and only 4 percentages from plant-based protein. During the study, 36,000 of 170,000 participants passed away.

When the researchers sum up the results, taking into consideration the lifestyle of each participant and the other risk factors too, they came up with the ultimate results which are showing that those participants who ate animal protein in great amount, and this includes eggs, dairy, or any type of meat, had a risk of death but slightly increased. On the other hand, the participants whose protein consumption was based more on plant-based sources, such as cereals, pastas, breads, nuts, beans, and legumes, rather than on an animal protein had lower chances to pass away during the study.

Bear in mind that this is not a general rule for all those people who are consuming meat all the time. This is a characteristic for those people who are meat lovers, but possess one unhealthy lifestyle factor at least. That unhealthy lifestyle factor may be heavy consumption of alcohol, smoking a lot, not making any exercises at all or practice just a little, as well obesity and extra weight. Those people who do not possess any of these unhealthy lifestyle factors, but are eating meat in great amount cannot be said that will end their lives very soon.

Another hypothesis showed during the study. Experts point that the type of meat that is consumed by the people may have an important rule into this discussion. Mingyang Song, a research fellow in this study, explains that the team expected to find a correlation that will be weaker in the healthier lifestyle group, but they did not expect that that correlation will disappear completely. Afterwards they took a closer look onto the data and found that there is a difference among the animal protein in-takers i.e. the unhealthy lifestyle group. Specifically, the participant from this group who consumed more eggs, red meat, ad high-fat dairy, are much unhealthier than the participants who consumed more fish and poultry. Thus, the unhealthy group of animal meat in-takes can be divided into unhealthy and healthy group.

In order researchers to explain this division into details, they broke down the study results into specific types of animal protein. What they have found was a strong connection between the animal protein and the increased risk of death among the people who consumed more processed and unprocessed red meats.

Although this research was the longest one in terms of the effects of different types of protein, the results of the same are not something new to us. Experts long time ago alarms that plant-based protein is much healthier than the animal protein, which can be found in the red meat, fish, and poultry. The same contains cholesterol and saturated fat too, which make it much unhealthier. The nutrition Cynthia Sass explains that people who tend to eat less meat are lighter in terms of weight and their risk of heart diseases and diabetes type 2 is lower. She adds that you do not have to turn into a vegetarian person completely, but you can reduce the consumption of meat and focus your diet more on peas, think beans, and lentils, so that.

The ultimate results of the longest study around the types of protein that enters into our body just confirmed what most of the doctors are advising us for years. Dr. Song is a promotor of the plant proteins rather than the animal proteins. When it comes to people who cannot give up upon the animal protein, she suggests eating more chicken and fish rather than red meats.