Vegetarian diet key to long life
New research from the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London, suggests that eating a low protein vegetarian diet could extend human life-span.
The research is built on earlier findings that showed a diet that was just above malnutrition level could extend life by as much as 25 years. The new research finds that a reduction in meat and fish protein is the important factor not the level of calories.
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Dr Piper said: "It's not as simple as saying 'eat less nuts' or 'eat more nuts' to live longer - it's about getting the protein balance right, a factor that might be particularly important for high protein diets, such as the Atkins diet or body builders' protein supplements."