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Vegan Diets Good for Dog, Cats and the Planet

A new study finds removing meat, eggs and dairy from dog and cat diets could spare billions of animals and help save the planet.

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What Is the Planetary Health Diet, and Can It Extend Your Life?

A plant-based eating regimen designed to save the Earth also saves people's lives, a large study confirms.

"Shifting how we eat can help slow the process of climate change," said corresponding author Dr. Walter Willett, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "And what's h...

Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Heart Trouble, Cancer and Death

Following a vegetarian or vegan diet might just buy you a longer, healthier life, a new review finds.

Staying away from meat was tied to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and early death, researchers reported in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One.

After combing through nearly 50 studies on ...

Smokers, Former Smokers May Gain From Switch to Plant-Based Diet

Current and former smokers might lower their risk for emphysema if they adopt a highly nutritional plant-based diet, a new study shows.

People with a history of smoking who adopted a plant-based diet had a 56% lower risk of developing emphysema, compared to those who ate more meat, researchers report.

Further, the more veggies and fruits people included in their diet, the lower thei...

Survey Finds Americans Conflicted About Plant-Based Diets

Most folks know they'd be healthier if they ate more plant-based foods, but only a quarter are willing to follow through and do it, a new study shows.

Surveys reveal that Americans' beliefs about eating more plants for health are often at odds with their daily dietary choices, researchers say.

Cutting Out Meat Might Help Prevent Snoring: Study

A person's diet can influence their risk of obstructive sleep apnea, a new study says.

Those who eat a healthy plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts are less likely to suffer sleep apnea, according to findings published Feb. 20 in the journal ERJ Open Research.

On the other hand, people wh...

Avoiding Meat Can Help Men Cope With Prostate Cancer Treatments

The red meat diet associated with masculinity could be the worst thing for men dealing with prostate cancer, a new study says.

Prostate cancer patients who limit meat and dairy but eat lots of plant-based foods tend to suffer less erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and other embarrassing side effects associated with their treatment, researchers say.

Men who ate the most plan...

Getting Protein From Plant-Based Foods Might Extend Women's Lives

Women who consume more plant-based protein tend to age more gracefully, a new study reports.

Women with diets rich in protein -- especially from plant-based sources -- develop fewer chronic diseases and enjoy healthier aging overall, researchers report in the Jan. 17 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Overall, women who ate more plant-based protein were 46...

Meat-Free Diet Could Cut Your Risk for COVID

Vegetarian diets have been tied to a variety of health benefits -- lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control and weight loss among them.

Now a new study suggests those benefits might even extend to a person's ability to ward off COVID-19.

A predominantly plant-based diet is linked to 39% lower odds of contracting COVID, according to a report in BMJ Nutrition Prevention an...

Plant-Based Diets Cut Diabetes Risk by 24%

A healthy plant-based diet can reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by 24%, a new study has found.

Eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains has this protective effect even in people with a genetic predisposition for diabetes or risk factors like obesity, advanced age or lack of physical activity, researchers report.

And for the first time, researchers identifi...

Does Meat Need Warning Labels on How It Harms Climate, Health?

Adding warning labels to meat about its impact on climate and health could lower its consumption, a new study suggests.

British researchers investigated what adding cigarette-style graphic warning labels to meat in a cafeteria setting might do.

“Reaching net zero is a priority for the nation and the planet. As warning labels have already been shown to reduce smoking as well as dri...

Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats -- and the Planet

Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan?

A new study says yes -- for the environment.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating ve...

Genes Might Be Driving You to Go Vegetarian

Going vegetarian is trendy and popular, along with being a healthy choice, but a large portion of those who say they want to stick with a plant-based diet don't.

It might come down to your DNA, suggests new research that has uncovered three genes that seem to be strongly linked to vegetarianism.

“It seems there are more people who would like to be vegetarian than actually are, an...

Besides Boosting Health, a Vegan Diet Might Save You Money

Going vegan doesn't have to mean going broke, with new research finding that steering clear of meat and dairy can lower food costs by about 16%.

“A vegan diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans has always been a more affordable diet than one that includes meat, dairy and other animal products,” said study author

Vegetarian Diet May Be the Best Bet for Those at High Risk for Heart Disease

As more people are advised to shun meat, a new study from Australia adds to evidence that a vegetarian diet can help improve heart health.

A review of 20 prior investigations found that folks who followed a vegetarian diet for six months, on average, saw improvements in cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight.

The study analysis “provides support to the current knowledge that eat...

Switching to Plant-Based Diet Helps Your Heart, Major Study Finds

Vegetarian and vegan diets lead to lower blood levels of cholesterol and fats, according to a major new analysis of all evidence from clinical trials published since 1982.

Compared to people eating an omnivorous diet, those following a plant-based diet experienced an average reduction in total cholesterol levels of 7% from levels measured at the start of the studies, a 10% reduction in �...

How Healthy Is a Vegan Mom's Breast Milk?

Vegan moms can breastfeed their children and not worry that their breast milk is missing essential nutrients, a new study finds.

Researchers from Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands tested the milk of vegan mothers, finding it contains sufficient levels of vitamin B2 and carnitine.

“The maternal diet greatly influences the nutritional composition of human milk...

Have Type 2 Diabetes? Switch to Plant-Based, Lower-Carb Diet to Boost Life Span

Cutting some carbohydrates may help people with type 2 diabetes live longer -- as long as they are swapping sugar for vegetables instead of steak, new research suggests.

The study, of more than 10,000 U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes, found that those who ate relatively fewer carbohydrates were less likely to die over the next 30 years, versus those with a bigger taste for carbs.


Keto, Paleo, Vegan: How Does Your Diet Affect the Planet?

Swapping that steak for a fish filet or a veggie burger is not only good for your health, but the planet's, too, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ranked various diets based on two measures: nutritional quality and "carbon footprint."

And overall, ...

Switch to Plant-Based Diet Could Boost Prostate Cancer Survival

Following a healthy plant-based diet after a diagnosis of prostate cancer may help prevent the disease from progressing or recurring, a new study suggests.

Men who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains had a 52% lower risk of cancer progressing and a 53% lower risk of recurrence, compared with men who had the lowest amounts of plants in their diet, the researchers found....

Plant-Based Diets: What Are They, and How Do You Start?

As Americans struggle to eat better, plant-based diets have become the rage, but exactly what are those and how hard are they to follow?

A growing number of people have turned to plant-based eating, as evidenced by the fact that the plant-based foods market increased by 29% in recent years, according to the U....

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Lower Men's Odds for Colon Cancer

Are you an older man worried about your risk for colon cancer? Eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes may improve your odds of dodging the disease, new research shows.

“Although previous research has suggested that plant-based diets may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer, the impact of plant foods' nutritional quality on this association has been unclear," said stu...

Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it's important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College ...

Vegetarian Women at Higher Odds for Hip Fracture

Record numbers of people are turning to plant-based diets to take advantage of the many health benefits they offer, but this may come at the expense of their bones, a new study suggests.

Exactly what did researchers find? Middle-aged women who never eat meat may be more likely to break a hip th...

Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your Bones

While a plant-based diet may be associated with lower bone mineral density and increased fracture risk, there might be a way to counteract that: pumping iron.

New Austrian research shows that vegans who lift weights or do strength training have stronger bones than vegans who only do othe...

Plant-Based Diet May Help Keep Breast Cancer Away

Women who follow a healthy plant-based diet after menopause appear to face a substantially lower risk for breast cancer, new French research indicates.

After tracking more than 65,000 women for two decades, investigators found those who consumed a healthy, primarily plant-based diet saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%.

But the accent is...

Vegan Diet Brings Weight Loss to Overweight and Diabetic Folks

Are you overweight or struggling with type 2 diabetes? Try going vegan, researchers suggest in a new data review.

Vegan diets are high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and seeds and have no animal-derived foods.

The meta-analysis of 11 studies published through March 2022 that included a total of nearly ...

Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids -- though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 9,000 young children, found that those on vegetarian diets were, on average, of similar weight and height as their peers who ate meat. They were also on par when it came to blood levels of iron and vitamin D -- which ...

Avoiding Diabetes May Include Avoiding Meat

Eating a healthy plant-based diet may help you head off type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Healthy plant-based foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee/tea, vegetable oils and legumes. Unhealthy plant-based foods include refined grains, fruit juice...

Should Your Dog Go Vegan?

Dogs may be famous meat lovers, but canines who follow a vegan diet might be a bit healthier, a new survey suggests.

British and Australian researchers found that dogs on

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  • Beyond Chicken? KFC to Serve Up Plant-Based Meals

    First, there was Beyond Meat. Next up? Beyond Fried Chicken.

    KFC announced Wednesday that it will begin offering a plant-based chicken in some of its meals on Jan. 10, from the same company known for its meat-free burgers, Beyond Meat.

    Beyond Fried Chicken was developed by Beyond Meat exclusively for KFC, according to a

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  • Most of Restaurant Menu Must Be Vegetarian Before Meat Eaters Make the Switch

    Meat eaters are far more apt to choose plant-based foods at restaurants if menus are at least 75% vegetarian, according to a new study.

    Along with the health benefits, British researchers said getting more people to eat plant-based foods could help fight climate change.


    Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

    People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables may have a somewhat lower risk of COVID-19 than those with unhealthy diets, a new study suggests.

    Of more than 590,000 adults surveyed, researchers found that the quarter with the most plant-rich diets had a 9% lower risk of developing COVID-19 than the quarter with the least-healthy diets.

    Their risk of severe COVID-19, meanwhile, was ...

    Many College Students Are Trying Out the New 'Fake Meats'

    More than half of students surveyed on a college campus in the heart of America's meat-producing belt have tried a plant-based alternative.

    "Among the 1,400 students surveyed, we found about 55% had tried a plant-based alternative to meat," said lead author Elizabeth Davitt of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.

    "Individuals who ate plant-based products were mor...

    Plant-Based Diet Best for Your Heart

    Want to be good to your ticker?

    Load up on veggies -- especially beans, Italian researchers recommend.

    They've published a comprehensive review of research on eating habits and heart disease that provides consistent evidence that eating less salt and animal proteins and more plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

    Those good-for-you foods include w...

    Potato Chips, Fatty Lunches Greatly Raise Your Heart Risks

    A steady lunch routine of cheeseburgers and fries may shorten your life, but loading your dinner plate with vegetables could do the opposite.

    Those are among the findings of a new study looking at the potential health effects of not only what people eat, but when.

    Researchers found that U.S. adults who favored a "Western" lunch -- heavy in cheese, processed meat, refined grains, fat...

    How Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?

    More and more Americans are seeking out healthier, greener and more ethical alternatives to meat, but are plant-based alternatives like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat truly nutritious substitutes?

    The answer is yes, according to new research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It found the imitation meats to be a good source of fiber, folate and iron while containing ...

    Meat Production Is Dirtying the Air You Breathe

    Steaks and burgers could be killing thousands of Americans each year, but in a way most people wouldn't expect -- via air pollution.

    That's the conclusion of a new study estimating that airborne particles generated by food production kill nearly 16,000 Americans each year. Pollution related to animal products -- most notably beef -- accounts for 80% of those deaths.

    "What we eat aff...

    Vegetarian Diet Could Help Fight Off Disease: Study

    There's more evidence that a switch away from meat in your diet could cut levels of unhealthy "biomarkers" that encourage disease, researchers say.

    A new study reported Saturday at the virtual European Congress on Obesity (ECO) found that people on vegetarian diets have lower blood levels of disease-linked biomarkers, such as "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and other factors.

    Biomarkers can...

    Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Your Heart

    If you've ever scoffed at warnings that too much red or processed meat is bad for the heart while oily fish is good for you, there's now some visual evidence to support that advice.

    British researchers used heart imaging to see how these foods affected volunteers' heart health.

    The images revealed that those who ate more red and processed meat had poorer heart function, smaller vent...

    Diet High in Processed Meats Could Shorten Your Life

    That piece of sausage you're about to enjoy? You may want to put it down for something healthier.

    New research found an association between eating even small amounts of processed meats, 150 grams (a little over 5 ounces) per week, and a higher risk of major heart disease and death.

    But not all meat is bad: The study, which includes data from 21 countries, also found that eating up t...

    Switch to Plant-Based Diet Can Cut Your Odds for Stroke

    A healthy, plant-based diet could reduce your risk of stroke by up to 10%, researchers say.

    This type of diet includes greater amounts of foods like vegetables, whole grains and beans, and fewer less-healthy foods like refined grains or added sugars.

    "Many studies already show that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of all kinds of diseases, from heart ...

    Switch to Plant-Based Diet Could Protect Older Women's Brains

    If you want to protect yourself against dementia, heart disease and cancer, you might want to get your protein from nuts instead of juicy red steaks.

    New research shows that older women who ate the most plant protein were 21% less likely to suffer a dementia-related death and 12% less likely to die from heart disease, compared with women who ate little to no plant protein.

    "Not all ...

    Many U.S. Adults Aren't Getting Healthy Amounts of Fruits, Vegetables

    Nearly all U.S. adults get some vegetables every day, but the old "apple a day" adage is falling out of favor, a new government survey suggests.

    Researchers found that a full 95% of U.S. adults said they ate some amount of vegetables on any given day. On the other hand, only about two-thirds said the same of fruit -- down significantly from 20 years ago.

    Experts called the finding o...

    Plant-Based Diet Brings Better 'Microbiome,' Healthier Life

    A plant-based diet is linked to healthy gut microbes that could lower your risk for conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.

    "This study demonstrates a clear association between specific microbial species in the gut, certain foods, and risk of some common diseases," said Dr. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston...

    Could Going Vegetarian Lower Kids' Asthma Risk?

    Compounds in meat may trigger wheezing in some children that can potentially lead to asthma or other respiratory conditions, a new study suggests.

    These compounds, called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), are released as meat is cooked at high temperatures while grilling, frying or roasting. AGEs attach themselves to cells in the lungs, causing inflammation and an immune system resp...

    Social Media Messages Can Lower People's Meat Intake

    One way to to influence meat consumption -- and perhaps curb climate change -- is through social media messaging, according to a new study that used Facebook Messenger.

    "The results of the research are really encouraging," said study co-author Wouter Poortinga, a professor of environmental psychology at Cardiff University in Wales. "It shows that we can make changes to our diet, and if we...

    Some Vegetarian Diets Are Much Healthier Than Others

    For a host of reasons, millions worldwide are deciding to give up meat and focus on a plant-based diet.

    But new research out of Greece is a reminder that not all vegetarian diets are healthy -- especially for people who are already obese.

    "The quality of plant-based diets varies," concluded a team led by Matina Kouvari of Harokopio University in Athens.

    Reporting T...

    Could Vegetables Be the Fountain of Youth?

    If you want to live longer, you should choose beans over beef for your protein, a new analysis suggests.

    "These findings have important public health implications as intake of plant protein can be increased relatively easily by replacing animal protein and could have a large effect on longevity," the researchers reported.

    Diets high in protein from plants -- such as legumes ...

    Getting Your Protein From Plants a Recipe for Longevity

    Swapping out tofu for your morning eggs or using beans instead of ground beef in your chili could help you live longer, a new study reports.

    Getting your daily protein from plants instead of animals appears to reduce your overall risk of early death, researchers found.

    Every 3% of a person's daily energy intake coming from plant protein instead of animal protein reduced ...

    For Heart Health, Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Equal: Study

    A plant-based diet can benefit your heart, but only if you eat certain healthy types of food, researchers say.

    They tracked the eating behavior and the development of heart disease among more than 2,000 adults in Greece over 10 years, starting in 2002.

    Compared to those who ate more animal-based foods, men who ate more plant-based foods had a 25% lower risk of heart dise...

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