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Vegetarian Diet Key To Longer, Healthier Life

Posted on December 7th, 2009 in vegetarian, vegetarian diet, weight loss | 3 Comments »

Something I've talked about for years now has more scientific proof.

Eating a vegetarian diet slows down the aging process and increases life expectancy, according to a new study from British scientists at the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London.

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It’s Official: Red and Processed Meat Kills

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, deli meats, disease, heart disease, heart health, overweight, processed foods, processed meat, processed meats, red meat, vegan, vegetarian | No Comments »

The largest and highest quality study about the relation between eating red and processed meat and longevity reports that there is about a 30% greater risk of dying prematurely.

The study included over half a million participants, more than any in the past, and recorded their levels of meat intake. The results were pretty clear and consistent with other studies and what I've been saying for many years... red and processed meat kills. The diseases most identified with read and processed meat consumption were cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Out of the more than 500,000 followed over a 10 year period, 71,252 died prematurely as a result of excess red and processed meat consumption that resulted in cancer or cardiovascular disease.

By comparison, those eating a plant based diet had the least incidents of disease, consistent with previous studies that reported a vegetable based diet was the most heart healthy.

Similarly, another study, the Oxford Vegetarian Study, followed 15,000 subjects and found that meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, have a 60 percent greater risk of dying from cancer and a 30 percent higher risk of death from other causes.

While the statistics are important, there were other revealing parts of the study most have not reported.

The report also indicated that red meat eaters tended to be married, more likely white, more likely smokers, have higher body mass index, have a higher daily intake of total and saturated fat, had lower activity levels, lower intake of plant foods (fruits and vegetables) as well as vitamins.

Another interesting aspect of the report was that there was an increased risk associated with death from injuries and sudden death with higher consumption of red meat which I found interesting.

Red meat is red animal meat, and processed meats include sausages, hams, bacon, deli meats, hot dogs, cold cuts, hamburger and many other meats that could also be classified as red meats.

Bottom line is as I've always suggested, if you'd like to live longer, have more energy, reduce the risk of most any disease, avoid red and processed meats. Now the statistics confirm the recommendations.

Unfortunately, the study recommends eating a variety of other animal foods which will still kill you, just a little slower. The best diet is a mostly plant based diet that will give you the most energy, prolong your life, reduce risk of most every disease and allow you to attain your optimal weight and health. If you're wondering what plant based meals you can add to your diet get specific meal plans and exclusive recipe videos at Learn Healthy Meals.

To read the study abstract visit the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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> Learn how to Make Healthy Meals
> Raw Vegan Diet
> Delicious Raw Food Meals
> Raw Food Videos
> The Protein Myth

Study Reports Vegetarian Diet Best For Heart Health

Posted on October 3rd, 2007 in diet, diets, disease, dr dean ornish, food, heart disease, heart health, losing weight, low fat, studies, university of massachusetts, vegan, vegetarian, vegetarian diet, video, weight loss diet | 3 Comments »

veggiesNot surprisingly, a new study released by the University of Massachusetts rated a primarily vegetarian diet, like the one authored by Dr. Dean Ornish, as the best diet for heart health. Read the rest of this entry »

Single Best Way To Help The Environment

Posted on October 2nd, 2007 in eating meat, eco living, environment, food, fruit vegetables, glenn beck, green, pollution, raising animals, recycle, studies, united nations, vegan, vegetarian, video | 5 Comments »

I often get asked what's the best thing to do to help the environment. Recycle, drive less, eat locally grown food, take public transportation? It was often a toss up to what I may suggest since each one is helpful although none really stood out as the best.

Now have the answer.

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report that stated the single best way to help the environment is to stop eating meat. The amount of pollution created in raising animals for human consumption is staggering, more than 130 times of human generated pollution. The amount of water used for animal raising is staggering as well.

Watch the video below from the Glenn Beck show that details more. Now Glenn is no vegetarian, but he makes a valid point that those that want to help the environment ought to be a good example and show others what they can do to make a difference.

Not only is skipping meat good for the environment, it's also been proven to reduce your chances for disease, extend your life and increase the quality of your life considerably.

If you'd like to help the environment (and yourself) take the first step and reduce or eliminate meat from your and your family's diet. Look at resources that help with adding convenient and delicious foods to your dietvegetarian and vegan options as well as vegan raw options.

To your best health!

Mark