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Association Between Plant and Animal Protein Intake and Overall and Cause-Specific Mortality

Replacing proteins from animal sources, such as egg and red meat, with plant proteins may help slash the risk of suffering from deaths due to cardiovascular diseases and other causes.

This study compared mortality risk between consumers of plant and animal-based diets. Researchers tracked the mortality rates and dietary habits of 416,104 US men and women. 

The research team noticed that higher intake of proteins from plant foods lowered the likelihood of dying from cardiovascular diseases and other causes. Swapping proteins from red meat with plant proteins was found to cut down overall mortality risk by 13% in men and 15% in women in this study. The data from this study indicate that a plant-based diet can help promote longevity.

Research Summary Information

  • 2020
  • Jiaqi Huang, Linda M Liao, Stephanie J Weinstein, Rashmi Sinha, Barry I Graubard, Demetrius Albanes
  • Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
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