Swapping meat for plant-based foods may lower diabetes and heart disease risk

  • Analyzing over 30 studies, German researchers found that swapping meats for plant-based alternatives may drastically reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality.
  • Evidence showed that replacing 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of processed meat with plant-based foods on a daily basis lowered cardiovascular disease risk by 25%.
  • Substituting processed meats was associated with a 21% lower risk of death from any cause.

By Jeanna D. Smiley on November 24, 2023 — Fact checked by Sarah Myers, PharmD

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