Why Vegetarians Live Longer and No One is Telling Us

I post quite a bit on the health benefits of eating a vegetarian diet, especially when there’s new research available that can help lead people to adopting a vegetarian lifestyle.

But to be perfectly honest, hopefully without sounding too dramatic, I don’t think I’ve ever posted about any information that’s as compelling or as important as this. A post last week on Huffington Post highlighted a new report out on the fact that vegetarians live an average of ten years longer than those who eat meat.

That was interesting, but not surprising.

However, the article had a link to this video by Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org and that video had me glued to my monitor for an hour.

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I don’t know why I didn’t know about Dr. Greger until now, but he’s probably the most compelling and believable authority on nutrition and health that I’ve come across. He’s an internist who now works with the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation, which created NutritionFacts.org as a non-profit research and education organization. Dr. Greger studies all of the new research, studies and articles in medical and government journals and extracts, analyzes and teaches on the most important nutrition and health news.

The video I watched is called “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” and it’s as eye-opening as anything I’ve ever watched. In it, Dr. Greger explains the findings of the largest, most comprehensive study on the causes of death in America and shows us how a vegetarain or vegan diet is proven to prevent, reduce or reverse fifteen out of the sixteen leading causes of death in the United States.

The only one that a vegetarian diet will not prevent or reverse? Accidents.

Greger is funny, irreverent and very easy to watch, but he also explains the medical evidence plainly and in easily understood bites.

There is so much information here that I have now watched it three times in the last week. Did you know that eating a vegetarian diet for just a couple of weeks can have a major impact on fighting cancer? Did you know that eating one egg per week is the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes a day? Neither did I.

If you know people who are on the fence about switching to a vegetarian diet, or who think that they’ll be okay if they just cut back on meat, please send them the link to this video. They’ll actually enjoy watching Greger, which is essential, since he has some extremely important things to say.

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3 Responses to Why Vegetarians Live Longer and No One is Telling Us

  1. Jenny Sangler December 26, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Do you agree that vegetarians can live longer than meat-eaters? Please post your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

    - Jenny Sangler

  2. Sheila December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    I love Dr. Greger also and subscribe to his video series. I do believe he advocates a vegan; not a vegetarian diet.

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