Replacing animal protein with plant-based sources of protein lowers risk for mortality, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers followed the diets of 131,342 participants from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Animal protein intake was associated with an increased risk for death from diseases, especially cardiovascular disease, and plant protein intake was associated with a lower risk for mortality. Replacement of animal protein with plant-based proteins was also associated with a lower risk for mortality.
Song M, Fung TT, Hu FB, et al. Association of animal and plant protein intake with all-cause and cause-specific mortality. JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 1, 2016.