In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of plant protein and compare it to animal protein.

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Plant protein Better For Kidney Health

One significant advantage of plant protein is its impact on kidney health. Research suggests that individuals with kidney disease can benefit from a low protein diet. In this regard, it appears that vegetarian and vegan diets outperform mixed diets. The Adventist health study, involving the longest-living (blue zone) population and the most extensive study conducted on plant based diets, supports this by revealing significantly lower rates of kidney disease among groups consuming more plant based foods.

Blue zones consume relative more plant protein
From the five blue zone populations, people from Loma Linda, U.S. have the greatest longevity.

Fewer Pollutants

Plant protein also has lower levels of pollutants. Unlike animal-based protein sources, which can accumulate toxins higher up the food chain, plant-based protein sources are generally cleaner and have fewer pollutants.

The Biggest Studies on Diet

A landmark study published out of Harvard, plus the largest ever diet cohort study (NIH-AARP), both found that replacing just 3% of calories from animal protein with plant protein led to a remarkable 10% decrease in overall mortality. 

Animal Protein and Mortality

Shifting towards a higher plant protein intake may improve health and longevity, the researchers state. Blue zone populations, known for their longevity consume more plant based foods and fewer animal based foods. In the earlier mentioned Adventist study, groups consuming more plant foods also had a lower risk of premature death.*

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While incorporating more plant protein into our diet offers clear benefits, it’s important to maintain an inclusive and compassionate mindset. Even adding a few more plant foods to one’s diet should be acknowledged and commended. But the most important thing, we should always aim to treat each other with kindness.

* There is no conclusive evidence that a 100% plant-based diet is superior to a predominantly plant-based diet that includes some animal sources. All we know is that populations who predominantly eat whole plant foods are generally healthier and live longer. We are talking about populations. This does not take into account any individuals with specific health problems or whose digestive system is compromised.

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