It’s no secret that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other plant-based foods is good for our health. In just the past couple of years alone, as delicious vegan options keep sprouting up everywhere, so too are the number of people touting the many benefits of choosing meat-free meals — including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Al Sharpton, Ellen Degeneres, Ted Danson, UFC fighter Jake Shields, and Mike Tyson, to name a few.
On the other hand, no matter how you slice it, meat, which is laden with cholesterol and saturated fat, has been shown to contribute to a number of common ailments, such as heart disease. But exactly how harmful is eating meat? A newly-published study in the Archives of Internal Medicine tackles this very question.
Conducted by the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, the report concludes that the consumption of red meat, both processed and unprocessed, was associated with living a significantly shorter life due to increased cancer mortality, increased heart disease mortality, and increased overall mortality.
Watch NutritionFacts.org‘s new video (embedded above) to learn more about this study and to find out what protein-packed plant-based food ranks the best.
Start protecting your health – as well as the planet and animals – today by making your next meal a vegan one. Need a jump start in the kitchen? Visit TryVeg.com now for dozens of quick and easy recipes.