A growing body of evidence suggests that following a vegetarian diet has undeniable health benefits, so much so that a recent study by Harvard University estimated that at least one third of premature deaths could be prevented if everyone cut meat from their bodies. subsistence allowance. .
The researchers say that these findings – presented at the Fourth International Vatican Conference of Unite to Cure – indicate that people greatly underestimate the power of plant-based diets.
"We just made some calculations by looking at the question of how much" We could reduce mortality towards a healthy, more plant-based diet, not necessarily totally vegan, and our estimates can prevent a third of deaths, "he said. Delegates the principal investigator, Dr. Walter Willett.
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"That's not even is talking about physical activity or not smoking, and that's all deaths, not just cancer deaths That's probably an underestimate and that does not take into account the fact that obesity is important and we control obesity.
"When we begin to see it, we see that a healthy diet is related to a lower risk of almost everything we look at. It may not be too surprising because everything in the body is connected by the same underlying processes."
A recent study from the University of Toronto found that following a vegetarian diet had the same impact as medication in regards to cholesterol levels. The researchers recreated an "ape diet" – high in stems, leaves, vines and fruits, favored by lowland gorillas – in human participants and in just two weeks they noticed a 35 percent drop in cholesterol, the equivalent to take statins that lower cholesterol.
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"That was quite dramatic," said lead researcher Professor David Jenkins. "We showed that there was no real difference between what we got with the diet and what we got with a statin."
Previous research has also found that a vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of ] heart disease obesity hypertension type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
It could be time to stack your plate with more plants.