High protein diets are considered best for muscle gain and bodybuilding but these are not the only benefits of them and there is more to add. According to a new study, eating a high-protein diet that contains baked beans, nuts, seeds, and legumes is associated with longer life. It is recommended for people with underlying medical conditions that may lower their life expectancy.
Health experts suggest everyone replace meat with a plant-based protein diet especially with baked beans to add years into life.
Protein accounts for nearly 20% part of the body. unlike other nutrients, the body can not store protein which is why it is necessary to consume protein from the diet. Fortunately, there are many sources for protein available including animal and plant-based sources. While some people are of an opinion that the source of protein doesn’t matter, this new study is evidence that it really does.
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These plant-based protein diet include baked beans, chickpeas, nuts, lentils, quinoa, etc. Tofu, also called soybean curd also contains a high amount of protein in it and many veggies such as broccoli and spinach also add up to protein content. This study is published in the journal British Medical Journal (BMJ), and it reviews 32 already published studies to reach this conclusion.
This study is performed by the research teams from Harvard University (US) and Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran). They followed up with the data obtained from the people of age 3.5 to 32 years and identified 113,039 deaths. Nearly 16,429 people died due to cardiovascular disease. Some 22,303 lost their lives to cancer, among the total number of 715,128 people.
According to the research teams, the protein content in their diet reported a 6% low chance of death caused by any reason.
They also revealed that plant-based protein showed a close association with lowering the overall death risk. people using a plant-based protein diet with baked beans, lentils, and nuts in it reported an 8% less risk of death due to any cause as compared to people with low plant-based protein intake.
Those who were consuming a high amount of plant protein in their diet in any form showed a 12% low risk of death by cardiovascular conditions as compared to people with low protein diets. The study also confirmed a 3% part of daily energy intake using the plant-based proteins which results in 5% lesser deaths, by any cause.
The overall results reveal that consumption of protein lowers the death risks in general and plant-based protein is associated with adding years to people’s lives and lesser chances of cardiovascular diseases.
The results suggest replacing the animal protein sources in the diet with plant protein such s baked beans, chickpeas, lentils, and nuts.
A higher protein intake also improves blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar levels. All this makes sure that cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 risk remains low. The research teams suggest a more in-depth analysis of their findings to update the currently practiced dietary guidelines for diabetic patients, heart patients, and other people.