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Vegetarians Live Longer

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A large-scale study has determined that vegetarians live longer than people who eat meat.  I guess when your parents told you to eat your vegetables, they knew what they were talking about.

 

The study found that vegetarians and vegans have a 12% lower risk of death than omnivores. People who follow meat-free diets may live longer due to lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions.

Many Americans, especially here in Louisiana, eat a lot of red meat.  Sure it tastes good, but it may not be good for you.  Red meats contain high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can clog up arteries. In April, another study found that the compound carnitine, also found in red meat, is metabolized by human-gut bacteria and fills up blood vessels.

Eat your vegetables!

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