Can plant based diets lead to lowering the risk of chronic disease?

I’m sure we have all heard the talk, can eating a plant based diet lower our risk of various chronic diseases? Keep reading to find out! 

According to a new study published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal (July 22) found diets that were high in plant based protein (e.g. legumes, nuts and whole grains) were associated with a lower mortality rate from a wide variety of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. As well as promoting greater intake of plant proteins in dietary guidelines. 

The study analysed the results of 32 studies in adults aged 19 and older. Consuming protein found in plants is reported to lower risk of mortality from all causes by 8% and lower the risk of death from heart disease by 12%. 

The authors of the study said that “these findings have important public health implications as intake of plant protein can be increased relatively easily by replacing animal protein and could have a large effect on longevity”. 

It was stated that the main reasons behind the trend was the effects of plant proteins on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, which are key factors in the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease or stroke.

Additionally, the reduction in saturated fat and carcinogenic (cancer causing) compounds may also be leading factors towards the benefits of plant proteins.

What are some ways you want to include more plant based protein in your diet? 

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