According to a study following 96,000 US and Canadian citizens, a vegetarian diet could mean living nine additional years than you might consuming meat based diets according the the findings.
First, let me premise this article by stating that I am not a vegetarian. I enjoy organic meat raised on sustainable farms and I do enjoy wild fish species throughout the year. If anything, I’m an eater who strives for health and both the vegan and vegetarian lifestyles did not assist in the advancement of my health in my trials which lasted approximately six years.
As a former vegan and vegetarian eater, I can assure you that these lifestyles are not suitable for 100% of the world’s population and certainly not recommended for specific metabolic types, especially those with ancestral lines who depended on animal protein for many generations. We all have to find what works best for our own unique metabolisms and this is one of the most significant realizations I have made in both academic and personal research.
Unfortunately, this study itself does not examine what vegetarians may also be addressing in their own lifestyle habits that could ultimately affect their longer life expectancy. For example, is it possible that vegetarians also actively engage in habits which encourage better health? Perhaps they have a greater tendency to filter their water from toxins like fluoride, eat less processed foods, avoid drugs and vaccinations or even exercise more. We just don’t know because these factors are not discussed in the study so other correlations may exist.
The study data, released by researchers at the Loma Linda University, USA, found that people following a vegetarian diet have a number of health benefits compared to those who consume meat — and top of those benefits is a longer lifespan, with vegetarian men living an average of 9.5 and women an average of 6.1 years longer than meat munching counterparts.