BBQ season is in full swing, and there is nothing a meat-lover like more than some steak, with a side of ribs, and some burgers, for a perfect summer meal. Still, those who like to cook up any meat-related foods, may want to start thinking about throwing some veggies on those coals instead. A new protein-focused report reveals that red meat might be connected to an increased risk of death. Still, the research team did provide some good news, which is that replacing this meat protein with plant-based protein can decrease those risks.
Dr. Mingyang Song, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, lead the study and stated that it is vital for individuals to understand how much protein is needed for optimal health, and from a dietary angle, it is also equally important for people to understand what types of food individuals should be consuming to get protein.
The research team reviewed data on how much protein was consumed daily, by just over 131,000 individuals, across America. The two studies that the team used was the Nurses Health Study (32-year) and the Harvard Health Professionals Follow Up Study (26-year); where both reports reviewed protein consumptions via questionnaires that were completed.
The study revealed that links between protein consumption and risk of death were strong when accompanied with an ailment or unhealthy lifestyle choice (i.e. excessive drinking, smoking, physical inactivity, or obesity).
CNN reported that a ten percent increase in animal protein equaled out to a two percent increase in mortality, and eight percent increase when it came to cardiovascular-related death risks. Still, the team noted that a three percent increase in plant protein consumption was connected to a ten percent decrease in mortality, and a 12 percent decrease in risk, as it relates to cardiovascular-related deaths.
Still, according to Song, the reasoning behind meat protein and mortality, versus plant-based protein, is still unknown.
It may be difficult to increase your plant-based proteins, to substitute it for animal-based proteins, as we live in a society where meat is such a focal point of many diets. Still, it is quite doable, and many vegans and vegetarians enjoy a meatless diet, packed with protein, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. Some excellent plant protein choices to start including in your daily meals include: cereals, legumes, whole-grain breads, as well as a variety of nuts.