Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein

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Would you rather eat beans, nuts and seeds or hot dogs and burgers? A recent article states you’re likely to live longer on a diet of plant-based proteins.

A study published in the JAMA International Medicine journal examined more than 131,000 health records over 25 years to determine if people who eat plant-based proteins live longer than those who eat processed, red-meat-based proteins. The study concluded:

High animal protein intake was positively associated with mortality and high plant protein intake was inversely associated with mortality, especially among individuals with at least 1 lifestyle risk factor. Substitution of plant protein for animal protein, especially that from processed red meat, was associated with lower mortality, suggesting the importance of protein source.”

So how should you get the majority of your protein?

Enjoy these plant-based proteins…

Quinoa

Nuts

Rice

Seeds

Peanut butter

Beans

Tofu

Soybeans

Buckwheat

Leafy greens

Spinach

Broccoli

Peas

Brussels Sprouts

Legumes

Edamame

Chickpeas

Lentils

Pita bread and fresh hummus

Stick to these animal-based proteins…

Fish

Chicken

Turkey

Grass-fed Meats

Eat these red-meat-based proteins in moderation…

Bacon

Sausages

Hot Dogs

Hamburger

Processed Meats