Just another reason to rethink our dietary choices. Not only does cutting even a little meat from your diet yield measurable benefits for the environment, turns out those who abjure meat entirely can add longer lives to their professed list of benefits. The presence of a solid Seventh Day Adventist population on Grenada gave us access to vegetarian ingredients we had been prepared to do without. I am certain it pleases them to know their deeply-held convictions yield an important secondary benefit to mankind, let alone one that directly supports one of the key observational tenets of their faith:
The authors tracked 73,308 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for almost six years. The church is known for promoting a vegetarian diet, though not all of its followers adhere to that teaching. Researchers found out what type of diet participants ate, then followed up to find out how many of those participants had died and how.
Vegetarians in the study experienced 12% fewer deaths over the period. Dietary choices appeared to play a big role in protecting the participants from heart disease, from which vegetarians were 19% less likely to die than meat-eaters.
There also appeared to be fewer deaths in the vegetarian group from diabetes and kidney failure.
Read more at the WSJ.