HUNTSVILLE, AL- A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests you should get your protein from plants instead of meat if you want to live a long life.
Researchers from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the eating habits of more than 130,000 Americans, they found that a three% increase in plant protein intake was linked to a 10% decrease in overall mortality.
So, which source of plant proteins do experts say you might want to put on your plate? They recommend nuts, grains and beans to start.
Why plant protein could be better for you remains unknown to researchers, however animal protein--particularly red meat--has been linked to a wide spectrum of chronic diseases.
"Red meat, which is high in saturated fat is actually linked to increased rates of colon cancer and even breast cancer," explained Huntsville Dietitian Claudia Follette.
Follette says this study doesn't mean you have to become a vegan but she encourages all of us to add more vegetables and fruit into our diet.
"50% of what we should eat is non-starchy vegetables," said Follette.