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The Vegan Diet Reduces Obesity Risk By Nearly Half, New Research Finds

Jill Ettinger: ‘There’s yet another reason to load up your plate with whole plant-based foods: consuming them regularly is connected with a nearly fifty-percent reduced risk of developing obesity. In a soon-to-be published study, researchers out of the University of Navarra and the Carlos III Institute of Health (both in Spain), found that predominantly plant-based diets are linked with a “substantially lower risk of developing obesity” than diets high in animal foods. This wasn’t a small research project with a handful of subjects, either. The study included more than 16,000 adults over the course of ten years. Study participants were rated on dietary behaviors, including the consumption of plant-based foods including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and legumes (peas, beans, and lentils). They were also rated on the consumption of meat, eggs, dairy, and fish consumption.

Scores were tallied based on the foods consumed (plants earned subjects points while animal products led to points being taken away), and the subjects were then placed into one of five groups based on their scores. The highest scores – those connected to a predominantly plant-based vegan or vegetarian diet, had a reduced obesity risk 43 percent lower than those subjects who consumed the least amount of plant-based foods. The study controlled for numerous risk factors, including genetics, age, sex, physical activity, and smoking… Obesity has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., with more than two-thirds of adults (68 percent), considered overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to serious health conditions including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer’. SOURCE…

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