There are generally two main reasons why most people take on a vegetarian diet; either they have decided that meat negatively affects their health or they have a high level of compassion for animals and feel that they should not be killed for human consumption.
Most people know that some meats have very bad fats which can cause a number of health challenges. Others argue that meat has protein and other nutrients that we need and following a vegetarian diet is an unnecessary form of extremism in diet selection.
Now researchers are saying that following a vegetarian diet may be linked to living longer.
Eating a vegetarian diet may be associated with living longer, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers from Loma Linda University found that vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of dying over a six-year period, compared with non-vegetarians.
“These results demonstrate an overall association of vegetarian dietary patterns with lower mortality compared with the nonvegetarian dietary pattern,” the researchers wrote in the study. “They also demonstrate some associations with lower mortality of the pesco-vegetarian, vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets specifically compared with the nonvegetarian diet.”
The study included 73,308 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women, who were recruited sometime between 2002 and 2007, and were followed for a mean time of 5.79 years. Over that time period, 2,570 people died.
Researchers found that compared with nonvegetarians, all vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of dying over this time period. Specifically, vegans had a 15 percent lower risk of death, lacto-ovo-vegetarians had a 9 percent lower risk of death, pesco-vegetarians had a 19 percent lower risk of death and semi-vegetarians had an 8 percent lower risk of death.