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The edge that vegetarians may have over meat eaters

According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, vegetarianism may indeed help people live longer.



Researchers from Loma Linda University in California studied a group of 70,000 participants and found that vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of death compared with nonvegetarians. Previous research have linked vegetarian diets to lowering the risk factors for developing various chronic illnesses such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease.


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Apart from the health benefits of vegetables, which have long been considered as among the healthiest food groups, the researchers are also looking into the effects of the absence or reduction of meat intake.

Various studies have also linked red meat to higher mortality because of its saturated fat and cholesterol content. A recent study has also found that carnitine in meat also ends up clogging a person’s arteries after being metabolized by bacteria in the gut.

However, the researchers also admit that further studies are necessary to find out the full details of the mechanics that contribute to the lowered risk of death in individuals. Some biological factors could also be at play, as the link between vegetarian diet and lower mortality rates was found to be stronger in men than in women.


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The links between diet and longevity may not be as clear cut as many people think. More studies will have to be conducted to improve understanding of what exactly affects a person’s mortality rate, and the data can be used to better inform people of how they can live their longer, fuller lives.


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Bone appetit: Food for stronger bones

The skeletal system is one of the most important parts of the human body. It gives you form, allows you to walk and stand upright, and protects your vital organs. Bones are alive; they grow and change their shape throughout your lifespan. Without proper care, bones can become brittle and prone to breakage.


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One of the best ways to take care of your bones is to eat foods rich in bone-strengthening vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and sodium, which your bones are made out of.

Here are some types of food that, when eaten, can strengthen and nourish your bones:

• Milk, cereals, soy, and yogurt are very high in calcium and are recommended especially to people with osteoporosis, a disease that makes the bones porous and more prone to fractures. For the lactose-intolerant, lactose-free dairy products usually contain the same amount of calcium as the normal ones.


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• Nuts and seeds are packed not only with calcium but also with vitamin D, which is needed for the optimum calcium absorption of the body.



• Canned fish is also good for your bones, especially since fish bones are jam-packed with calcium.



Eating vitamin D-rich foods are also important because vitamin D plays a big part in the calcium absorption of the body. Normally, you get your daily dose of vitamin D from sunlight; however, as you get older, your skin becomes less effective at absorbing vitamin D from the sun, necessitating the intake of vitamin D supplements or vitamin D-rich foods.

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