This research joins a long body of work that suggests that animal foods and proteins should be consumed in moderation.
It feels like every day we learn of new foods that are harmful to us. A new study suggests that sulfur amino acids can reduce our life spans. These substances are present in a wide assortment of foods, but mainly animal proteins, like meat and dairy.
The study, conducted by researchers from Penn University, found that consuming too many sulfur amino acids could lead to a variety of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, the leading cause of death in America.
Researchers analyzed the results of over 120,000 people involved in two studies. Those participants who consumed more than the average amount of sulfur amino acids had a 12% increase in developing heart disease in the future. After a period of 32 years, they were 28% more likely to die from this condition.
This research joins a long body of work that suggests that animal foods and proteins should be consumed in moderation, affecting the health of millions of people who don’t know any better. It’s important to consume animal products in moderation, supplementing your diet with fruits, vegetables, and grains that are also capable of providing you with the nutrients you need.
Different studies have shown that a plant-based diet can have many perks, including heart health benefits, reduced risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, and even better bone health.
People’s diets are vastly personal and there are benefits to eating all kinds of foods. Still, cutting back on your meat consumption by implementing something simple like meatless Mondays can help you stay in better health and even reduce the damage of global warming by reducing your carbon footprint.