Do vegans live longer?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “Do vegans live longer?” and will discuss the reasons for vegans’ longevity over non-vegans.

Do vegans live longer?

Yes, vegans’ live longer.  Studies on Seventh-day Adventists who primarily consume plant foods due to their religious convictions started in 1958 and are still ongoing, but preliminary data indicate that vegans’ men and women live an average of 9.5 years longer than meat-eating peers. Moreover, vegans are found to be 30 pounds lighter and five BMI units smaller than meat-eaters, according to Adventists.

What explains the extended lifespan of certain vegans?

There are two primary theories as to why vegans live longer than the ordinary person: one involves nutrition, and the other involves a vegan’s way of life.

 Vegetarian diets often include high levels of beneficial nutrients

Veganism forbids the consumption of any animal products, such as meat, dairy, eggs, and their derivatives. In most cases, this leads to a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, as well as whole grains. According to several studies, consuming a lot of these plant-based meals may increase your lifespan. In the same way, diets low in red and processed meat may be stated to be beneficial.

A vegan diet also includes a lot of fiber, plant protein, and antioxidants, which are all beneficial. Eating a lot of these nutrients may help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, all of which are linked to a shorter life expectancy.

Vegans are more likely to have healthier lives.

Vegans may be more health-conscious as a group than the overall population. One study found that vegans were less likely to smoke or consume alcohol than meat-eaters. Also, they tend to be more likely to have a normal body mass index (BMI), to engage in regular physical activity, and to abstain from eating foods that have been highly processed.

One theory put out by researchers is that those who are more health aware may live longer than those who aren’t.

Benefits of eating plant-based diets

vegetarians, vegans, and other plant-based eaters are more likely to have

·         Better gut profiles – less harmful bacteria and more defensive species in the stomach

·         lowering the heart rate and blood pressure

·         Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

·         Reduced incidence of cancer in the general population

·         Lessens the possibility of getting diabetes

For a variety of reasons, a plant-based diet may be beneficial for your health.

·          Vegans abstain from eating animal products

 The apparent difference between meat-eaters and those on a plant-based diet is, of course, that the former consume more animal products. It’s a significant distinction, as follows:

·         Class-1 carcinogens include processed foods like ham, sausage, salami, bacon, and smoked and tinned meat. Tobacco smoke, asbestos, and radioactive barium all fall under this category.

 ·         Saturated fat and cholesterol are present in all meat, including in lean cuts like chicken, and are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat is abundant in dairy and eggs, so vegans gain even more by cutting out these foodstuffs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized processed meat as a class-1 carcinogen which means the evidence is equally as solid as it is for smoking and asbestos, both of which are class-1 carcinogens! All red meat (beef, lamb, hog, goat, etc.) is categorized as a class-2 carcinogen, which means it is likely to cause cancer.

Hormones and antibiotics used to improve weight growth and feed efficiency are included in meat and dairy products, and they may have a variety of negative health effects on humans.

·         Vegetarians and vegans enjoy a healthier diet.

If you don’t eat meat, you’re more likely to consume more vegetables, fruits, grains, pulses, beans, nuts, and seeds to make up for the calories you lose. Vegans may also be more health-conscious.

This is not always the case (some vegans subsist on junk food), but overall, people who eat vegan tend to choose complete, nutrient-dense plant meals. And it has a slew of advantages for your health:

·         Protective bioactive compounds found in fruits and vegetables, such as antioxidants and polyphenols, as well as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, work through a variety of complex mechanisms to reduce antioxidant stress, lower blood levels of LDL, and VLDL cholesterol and help people stay at a healthy weight. As a result, it should come as no surprise that increased consumption has been linked to a decreased incidence of type 2 diabetes, many malignancies, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

Whole grains are also a good source of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, trace minerals, and fiber, in addition to their other nutrients. Indeed, because of their high nutritional value, eating more whole grains is connected with lower blood pressure, a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, a lower risk of several malignancies, and lower blood sugar levels.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “Do vegans live longer?” and discussed the reasons for vegans’ longevity over non-vegans.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/do-vegans-live-longer#effects-on-lifespan

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