there’s no statement more ignored than, “if you want to live a long, healthy life, it’s time to stop *blank*.” most people without even realizing it are submissive and eagerly obedient. though, as soon as you greet them with the notion that they shouldn’t do something because you or someone else says so you are either muted or have subconsciously motivated them to do said activity suggest against. Results from a relatively new University of Southern California study say that eating proteins from meat and dairy may be as harmful to your health as smoking. (*researchers found people who ate high-protein diets were 74-percent more likely to die from any cause than those on low-protein diets.) “There’s a misconception that because we all eat, understanding nutrition is simple. But the question is not whether a certain diet allows you to do well for three days, but can it help you survive to be 100?” said corresponding author Valter Longo, Edna M. Jones Professor of Biogerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute.
animal proteins, in particular, appear to pose the highest risk. people who received protein from beans, nuts, soy and other plant foods didn’t experience the same jump in mortality rate. the average American eats twice the protein her body needs, usually coming from beef, chicken, cheese, milk and other animal sources. mantras like “everything’s better with bacon,” transform meat consumption into more than just a normal activity but something that’s almost trendy, something to aspire toward. meat consumption is also tied to masculinity whereas some men feel as though eating meat gives men an aura of being ‘alpha’ that men who don’t eat meat lack. trading the bacon for a vegan lifestyle may be one of the best ways to protect your life. considering livestock production is among the most devastating man-made environmental threats — not to mention the cruelty of industrial farming—quitting meat is an ethical move even without the health risks. cutting down on animal food products is at least a positive start, grocery stores and restaurants alike are beginning to see the growing culture of vegan people and are accommodating such with more diverse menu options as well as products that mimic the taste of meat to try to help the transition.