Vegetable protein prolongs life

A diet with a high protein content and, in particular, with a lot of vegetable protein is associated with a lower risk of premature death. This is evident from the analysis of study data by the specialist magazine "The BMJ" was published.

Researchers from Iran have analyzed the results of 32 studies and found that a high intake of protein was associated with a lower risk of premature death. Especially the consumption of plant protein was associated with an eight percent lower overall death rate and a twelve percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Possible reasons for the beneficial effects of plant proteins could be according to the researchers, favorable changes in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. All of this contributes to a consequence of severe heart disease and prevent type 2 Diabetes. The scientists had analyzed data from 715.128 people, which had been observed up to 32 years. In this time 113.039 deaths occurred, of which 16.429 by cardiovascular diseases and 22.303 due to cancer were due.

Vegetable protein is, for example, in legumes such as peas, beans and lentils, whole grain products and nuts. Meat alternatives such as Tofu or soy products contain a lot of protein.