A study published yesterday in the scientific journal “Cell Metabolism” links overconsumption of meat and cheese with bad health.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
This “news” can be filed under Things That Have Been Super Obvious for Decades. The specifics of the study’s findings are as follows: People between 50 and 65 years old whose diets are high in animal protein are 74% more likely to pass on early than those who either consume less animal protein or who get their protein from plant-based sources. (Why does it cut off at 65? Because seniors have trouble getting sufficient protein, so they’re urged to up their consumption. Go nuts, guys!)
It’s a reminder we could all use, no matter our age, to diversify the sources of our protein intake. “The evidence is overwhelming and incredibly consistent that people who eat plant-based products have a reduced risk of death,” Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, told ABC News. You can eat meat and cheese, just in moderation. For all those other meals, here are some suggestions:
This could be a snack or a salad topping—and honestly, we’d mash them on toast, too.
Throw pepitas on a salad for texture or grab a handful for the road.
Almonds are another great option.
It’s time to make tofu a consistent part of your diet. And it’s no sweat! The soybean product takes on the flavor of whatever you serve with it.
See? There’s a little bit of cheese on there! Go for dried beans so you can control the sodium levels.