Eat Plants and Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy on the Meat, Study Says
What we know so far from this and all other reports is that many of us eat more than we need to live. We do too much fat, sugar, salt…and now you can add protein to the list. And we’re reminded, again,
that a diet based mainly on plant-derived — rather than animal-based — nutrients protects us from all causes of mortality in all age groups.
With one caveat: A current study from the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California found that
those over 65 (possibly 70, depending on health status) may need to adopt a moderate to high protein diet — again, preferably plant-based — to allow the maintenance of a healthy weight and protection from frailty.
The rest of the ‘non-growing adult’ population (ages 19 to 70) should be aiming for ~0.8g of proteins/kg of body weight/day — a ”low-protein” diet, with only 9-10% of calories coming from protein. In concrete terms, that’s 1.7 oz (48g) of protein for a 132-lb (60kg) person, and 2-1/4 oz (64g) for a 176-lb (80kg) person…TOTAL in a day.
Sorry, red-meat lovers…Tofu wins. ;) And if all this is getting too confusing, just remember one thing — EAT ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. You can’t go wrong by sticking to a sensible diet of largely plant-based nutrients…in moderation.