An average American protein needs are received from red meat in the form of steaks and hamburgers and processed meat. The increasing popularity of this form of diet resulted in the increased cases of heart disease. Now, new research shows that when people depend less on animal protein and replace it with plant protein, they can expect to live longer, healthier lives.
The study carried by the health experts says “People should not only care about how much protein they consume, but also pay attention to what kind of food they consume to gather the protein”.
Protein is important for body structure, physiology and metabolism. It helps build and repair bones and muscles. But the type of protein is also important.
The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed the date available from two large studies that lasted 20-plus years. The researchers focused on how much protein 131,342 U.S. adults consumed in their daily diets and what the source of that protein was.
The researchers found that a 10 percent increase in animal protein was linked to an 8 percent increase in the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. The study also showed that a 10 percent increase in plant protein (ie: nuts, seeds, beans and tofu) was linked to a 10 percent decrease in mortality, and a 12 percent decrease in death from cardiovascular disease.
“Clearly, over the long term, a diet which is comprised of primarily plant-based proteins tends to be more favorable for longevity than someone who consumes most of their protein from animal sources,” researchers said.