Scientists led by Mingyang Song at Massachusetts General Hospital analysed data from two major studies with more than 150,000 participants to determine whether people who consumed protein from red and processed meats had a significantly higher mortality rate than those who got their protein from plants.
The analysis of the 32-year Nurses’ Health Study, followed by the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study at Harvard University, didn’t just look at the diets of the participants over a year. It reviewed them repeatedly – “specifically how often they consumed portions of particular types of food during the preceding year – every four years,” a statement said.
The findings are clear said Song – a research fellow at the hospital’s clinical and translational epidemiology unit: plant-based proteins from sources such as beans – nuts – quinoa and seeds are a healthier choice than steaks or beef products such as hot dogs.
the traditional American diet – rife with animal products such as burgers – meatballs – meatloaf – steaks – eggs and dairy ‘is associated with a variety of bad outcomes’ Song said.The research started in the 1980s and totalled ‘3.5 million person-years’.
(ed:..i note that in the nz herald headline the claim is made about ‘vegetarians’..but the study shows that dairy/cheese etc are as bad for your health as is meat etc.
so the headline should read ‘vegans etc’..)