Diet with Plant-Based Proteins May Prolong Your Life, Study Shows

Diet with Plant-Based Proteins May Prolong Your Life, Study Shows

A 2016 study found that a plant-based protein diet was associated with a lower risk of death, especially among adults “with at least one unhealthy behavior such as smoking, drinking, and being overweight or sedentary.”

Mingyang Song*, M.D., Sc.D., and co-authors conducted the study with up to a 32-year follow-up, using 131,342 participants whose average age was 49. Participants answered food questionnaires as the method of collecting their diet data. The “median protein intake, measured as a percentage of calories, was 14 percent for animal protein and 4 percent for plant protein.” 

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The study found the risk of death from all causes, after adjusting for major lifestyle and dietary risk factors:

  • 2% higher for every 10% increment of animal protein from total calories
  • 10% lower for every 3% increment of total calories and a 12 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death associated with plant-based proteins.

The below chart shows the percentage of calories for replacing animal protein with plant protein to lower the risk of death. For example, if you are on a 2000-calorie diet then you will need to replace 680 calories for red meat with plant protein in order to increase your longevity.

of Calories
Calories Based on a
2000-Calorie Diet
Red Meat34680
Red Meat

In addition, a 3% substitution of animal protein for plant-based protein led to a lower risk of death from all causes.

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*Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

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