It’s safe to say that there are many diets that are good for your health and many that aren’t. Some are useless, others are plain harmful. The problem with most diets, however, is that they are either too restricting or specific to a limited type of goal. Though recent studies have suggested that one particular diet not only enhances your life expectancy, but also significantly minimizes your chances of being hit by a heart attack, cancer, and even diabetes.
The diet I'm referring to is a Plant-Based, Vegan diet. I’m personally not a fan of the word ‘diet’. It makes me think ‘restricting’, ‘rules’, ‘specific to one goal’, or ‘fad’. Plant-Based eating is a lifestyle. The kind of lifestyle that increases your life expectancy and slows down the aging process. Sort of like a fountain of youth, but without the having to get wet part.
This claim has been backed on multiple occasions.
A major study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, undertaken by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, monitored the health and diet records of more than 130,000 people over a 30-year span. They found that as people increased their plant-based protein intake by 3%, their lifespan increased by 10%. Moreover, their risk of dying from heart disease decreased by 12%.
Another study conducted at Loma Linda University in California managed to conclude that a plant-based eating regimen eventually leads to a longer life. The researchers examined the lives of Seventh Day Adventists, who are known for typically eating a plant-based diet due to their religious beliefs, and have subsequently concluded that those on a plant-based diet live, on average, 7.8 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts. The study also established that vegans are, on average, 30 pounds leaner, and have a lower BMI and are less likely to become diabetic.
And, of course, if that’s not enough then there’s the ground-breaking Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) longitudinal study that captured the health and dietary habits of approximately 120,000 healthy adults over the span of 28 years. The study successfully concluded that replacing one serving of red meat with a serving of natural protein, such as nuts or broccoli, lowered the risk of mortality by 19%. The study was a clear indicator that replacing an omnivorous diet with a frugivorous eating plan contributes substantially to a longer lifespan.
Truth is, none of those studies should surprise you. A plant-based regimen is cholesterol free, high in fiber, and rich in essential nutrients. Plant-based protein is without a doubt more effective than one reliant on recycled animal protein — and vegan food is packed with cancer-fighting phytochemicals. A vegan diet has also been shown to improve skin elasticity and enrich one’s skin glow. Many celebrities and professional athletes have begun embracing the plant-based fountain of youth and have seen an instant spike in their quality of lives and performances because of it.
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This could be because we are innately frugivores (the evidence clearly suggests this to be the case) and because animal products are pumped with an array of antibiotics, hormones, and toxins to keep up with the demand, rendering them not only extremely unhealthy but poisonous too.
A plant-based diet is not specifically beneficial to a certain gender, race, physiology or culture. It’s not sponsored by a specific company. Nor is it limited to a specific approach. A plant-based diet is no different to what everyday people eat. You can still eat pizzas, lasagna, burgers, and sushi. Hell, you don’t even have to give up cheese! Here’s a free vegan cheese recipe eBook to prove my point- get it here. The only difference is that you’ll be doing so for longer, with much better effects on your quality of life.