Why a meat-free diet boosts health: protein levels might hit the spot : Research Highlights

Metabolism

An analysis shows that the amino-acid profiles of vegan, vegetarian and omnivorous diets are similar.

Vegetarians, vegans and omnivores end up consuming similar ratios of amino acids, regardless of whether their menus lean more heavily on beef, beans or Greek yogurt — implying that protein type is not responsible for the health benefits of plant-based diets.

Plant-based diets have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Vegans and vegetarians tend to eat less protein than meat-eaters, but it’s not clear which aspect of a meat-free diet confers benefits.

Michael MacArthur

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