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Being Vegetarian means longer life

Being vegetarian may give you more health benefits than eating meat, suggests a Loma Linda University study.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 16, 2012 00:26 IST

Being vegetarian may give you more health benefits than eating meat, suggests a Loma Linda University study.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, a series of studies, which has tracked tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists since 1958, were the first to show that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters, according to the Huffington Post.

The studies also revealed that the kinds of foods frequently consumed in vegetarian diets — fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes — can reduce a person’s risk for diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, control body mass index and waist size, and boost brain health. Vegans are also 30 pounds lighter than meat eaters.