What type of protein is best if you want to live longer?
That’s exactly what the researchers of the following study investigated. 85 013 women and 46 329 men, a total of 131342 participants were included in this research (Song M, et.al., 2016).
They examined the associations of animal and plant protein intake with the risk for mortality.
The median protein intake, as assessed by percentage of energy, was 14% for animal protein and 4% for plant protein.
The researchers concluded that high animal protein intake was positively associated with cardiovascular mortality, and high plant protein intake was inversely associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, especially among individuals with at least 1 lifestyle risk factor.
The worst form of protein was processed red meat.
If you want to improve your odds of living longer, plant protein is what you should eat.
Research has also documented that we don’t need a lot of protein. It’s a common misconception that we need a Iot, most people in the western world unless they are vegetarians, eat more protein than they need.
If you eat a plant based diet which includes beans, nuts and seeds, you will not get more protein than you need, but you will get enough.
Song M, Fung TT, Hu FB, Willett WC, Longo VD, Chan AT, Giovannucci EL, Association of Animal and Plant Protein Intake With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality.JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 1;176(10):1453-1463.
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