Should You Follow a Plant-Based Diet?

Replacing just one meal a day can make a huge difference


Replacing just 3 percent of animal protein with plant protein can reduce the risk of death from all causes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

That means replacing as little as one meal a week with a swap worthy, plant-based alternatives such as grains, vegetables or other plants reduces risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic and life-threatening conditions.

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After adjusting for major lifestyle and dietary risk factors, every 10 percent increment of animal protein from total calories was associated with a 2 percent higher risk of death from all causes and an 8 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease death, according to a press release.

In contrast, eating more plant protein was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of death from all causes for every 3 percent increment of total calories and a 12 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death.

Results also showed the link was more significant especially among adults with at least one unhealthy behavior such as smoking, drinking and being overweight or prolonged sitting.

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There is not a lot of research being done on the different kinds of proteins. The benefits from eating plant-based proteins may also be the result of other healthy nutrients in such foods like lentils, chia seeds, quinoa, nuts, brown rice and edamame, to name a few.

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The study confirms processed red meat such as bacon, hot dogs and corned beef, which are also foods that are aging you, can cause cancer, a conclusion of a study by the World Health Organization that came as a shock last year.

How to make the change?

Daiya Foods, a leader in the plant-based food industry, has created an infographic that spotlights multiple stats and how to incorporate plant-proteins into your diet.

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