Vegetarian diet serves up a host of health benefits, research shows. Bad news for meat lovers who want to eat healthier meals. A vegetarian diet – especially one that relies on high-quality foods – is linked to a host of health benefits, new research shows.
A collection of reports on the perks of a plant-based diet will be presented at Nutrition 2018, the first flagship meeting for the American Society for Nutrition, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from June 9 to 12.
Among the posters, papers and presentations:
Other posters and presentations will share how a plant-based diet appeared to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes among South Asians living in the U.S., how vegetarian diets are associated with a lower risk of plaque in the arteries in a Brazilian study, and more.
The findings are preliminary, and the abstracts selected didn’t go through the same peer-review process that most scientific journals provide, the organizers noted. Still, the new research backs up dozens of similar studies in recent years. Over the past few months, studies have found vegetarian diets to be healthy and affordable, as well as better for the environment – at least, when diners choose organic and whole foods rather than sweets and processed food items.
Founded in 1928, the American Society for Nutrition publishes four peer-reviewed journals each year, brings together nutritional researchers, medical professionals and other leaders, and provides education and professional development opportunities.
By Kyla Cathey, Earth.com staff writer