I’ll admit it. Sometimes staying healthy can seem like such a chore. We all want to live long and vibrant lives. But why does it always have to be so HARD?
Well, ladies, I’ve got some fantastic news that I think you’ll go nuts over. It turns out healthy aging and putting off the Grim Reaper doesn’t ALWAYS have to be a lot of work.
In fact, new research reveals how simply snacking on more foods found in one specific dietary category could help you slash your risk of premature death by up to 21 percent.
That list includes all of your favorite nuts, including peanuts. The study shows how these delicious and inexpensive foods can deliver at least three major healthy aging benefits. That’s especially true for older ladies.
And it can all start with that humble peanut. Because the research focused on the incredible benefits of eating more plant proteins.
Plant protein can help slash death risk
Now, before I go any further, we should get one thing straight.
This study indeed DID focus on plant proteins. But that doesn’t mean you have to go full-on vegetarian to reap their rewards.
You can get healthy proteins from a wide range of sources, including meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs. But most folks who aren’t vegetarian tend to overlook how valuable plants can be in that mix.
This vital source of protein includes delicious nuts and seeds as well as tasty legumes such as beans, peas, and, of course, peanuts. And you’ll see why I keep mentioning them in a moment.
The new study shows how increasing plant protein, once you’re past menopause, could cut your risk of:
- dementia-related death by 21 percent
- death from cardiovascular disease by 12 percent
- death from all causes by 9 percent
But it’s not just plant proteins that can reduce death risk. Eating more poultry, for example, could cut the risk of death from dementia by 15 percent, the study found.
Small changes can lead to BIG rewards
On the other hand, people in the study who ate the MOST red meat faced a HIGHER risk of these problems. Which isn’t surprising considering how much of it was likely the unhealthy ultra-processed variety.
In fact, the researchers found too much processed red meat was linked to a 20 percent jump in the odds of death from dementia.
The fact is overindulging in any kind of food can have serious health consequences, whether it’s sugar or red meat we’re talking about. And the more processing those foods go through, the higher your risks can rise.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the link, either. Earlier research tied processed foods to premature aging too. In fact, even a moderate amount of these foods can send your risk for damaged DNA soaring. Click here to uncover more about how to protect your chromosomes and help put the brakes on aging.
Remember, a healthy diet that helps you steer clear of an early death is all about balance. And that means you should…
- practice moderation
- avoid too many ultra-processed foods
- eat a mix of proteins, including plenty of plant sources
Oh, and those peanuts I mentioned earlier? A single serving has as much protein as TWO GLASSES of milk.
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