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Plant Foods = Lower Rates of Disease/Mortality

Plant Foods = Lower Rates of Disease/Mortality

Everywhere we look, we are confronted with the outcomes of recent studies which tout the benefits of low-carb high-protein diets, saturated animal fats, coconut oil...and the list goes on. Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to start circulating the results of scientific studies which reveal the opposite to be true.

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A published article, Nutrition and health: different forms of diet and their relationship with various health parameters among Austrian adults, (involving over 15,000 individuals) cited in The Central European Journal of Medicine reports:

"Population-based studies report a beneficial health effect and a lower mortality rate for diets rich in fruits and vegetables. Subjects eating a carnivorous diet report poorer health, a higher number of chronic conditions, an enhanced vascular risk, as well as lower quality of life. Vegetarian diets are associated with lower rates of hypertension, cholesterol, some chronic degenerative diseases, coronary artery disease, type-2 diabetes, gallstones, stroke, and certain cancers. After adjusting for lifestyle factors, mortality rates were lower for all cause of death, ischemic heart disease, and malignant neoplasms at a 12-year follow up for non-meat eaters in the Oxford Vegetarian study. Convincing evidence exists that a non-meat [or low meat] diet is associated with lower rates of coronary heart disease and increase life expectancy. The risk to have colorectal adenoma is significantly higher for subjects consuming a carnivorous diet, whether rich or less rich in meat. Many studies report that consumption of red meat is associated with certain health risks, such as diabetes, colon adenomas, and colon cancer. In conclusion, our results have shown that consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with better health and health-related behavior."

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