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Eating more plant protein is associated with lower risk of death

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4243 (Published 02 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4243
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Eating more protein from plant sources was associated with a lower risk of death, and animal protein was associated with a higher risk of death, in people with at least one lifestyle risk factor such as smoking or being overweight, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown.1

The prospective cohort study included 131 342 participants from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Diet and other lifestyle data were collected every two years, and participants were followed up for as long as 32 years.

After the researchers adjusted for major lifestyle and dietary risk factors they found that every 10% increment of animal protein intake …

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