Science Says: Vegetarians Live Longer!

Written by Erica Meier

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Here’s some news to chew on: According to a newly-published report featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), vegetarians are likely to live longer than their meat-eating friends.

The six-year study included more than 70,000 members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, which proudly promotes a meat-free diet. Participants ranged from meat-eaters to pescatarians to vegans. The results show that vegetarians are less likely to suffer from a range of ailments, including heart disease, cancer, and kidney-related diseases, and that vegetarians had a 12% lower mortality rate than non-vegetarians.

This is good news for vegetarians and soon-to-be vegetarians as well as for animals. And maybe it’s why other studies have shown that vegetarians also lead happier and less stressful lives.

Interestingly, while the JAMA research concludes that overall “Vegetarian diets are associated with lower all-cause mortality and with some reductions in cause-specific mortality,” it also notes that the “results appeared to be more robust in males.”

This is perfect timing for father’s day – let your dad know just how much you care by serving up a delicious, life-saving vegan meal and perhaps giving him a vegan cookbook, such as John Schlimm’s Vegan Grilling Style.

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