I know that people on the low-carb or Paleo diets don’t want to hear this, but the source of your protein really does matter. This recently published study found an increased risk of dying for those who consumed more animal products who had one other lifestyle risk factor such as smoking, physical activity, or overweight/obesity. In particular, eating animal protein was linked with a higher risk of heart disease.
In contrast, eating more plant-proteins was linked with lower mortality and lower risk of disease. This is not the first study to find this link! In fact, eating more plant proteins is associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and makes insulin work better. In addition, substituting plant proteins for animal proteins lowers the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
What to do?
- Eat less red meat and processed meats.
- Eat less of other animal protein foods.
- Eat more plant proteins such as nuts and beans.