Protein – Is Plant Better than Animal?

An article in the The Juice Daily proclaims ‘Plant Protein Is Better For You Than Meat Protein, New Study Finds’.

Yikes, this sounds ominous, do we really need to to give up steak, chicken and fish to live longer?
fit man eating protein

Turns out not. Half way through the article is the caveat that this only applies to those who smoke or are heavy drinkers or are overweight or who are inactive. Eating meat bumps up something ominously called the Hazard Rating to 1.08 while eating mainly plant protein reduced the Hazard Rating to 0.90.

Importantly, if you’re a fit and healthy person who doesn’t smoke or drink to much, protein source do
es not make any difference to your mortality. However, it still probably a good idea to limit the amount of processed meat that we eat, pick healthy cuts of unprocessed red meat. I prefer strategies that focus on the positive rather than the negative. Instead of focusing on not eating too much red meat I like to try and aim to eat more fish.
In contrast, if you’re a fat, overweight smoker who drinks to much then avoiding animal protein especially processed meats is probably a good idea.

The lead author for the study, Mingyang Song suggests:

We suspect the different sources of animal protein between the two groups may contribute to the stronger results in the unhealthy lifestyle group. Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices.

Or here’s a radical thought, lose weight, stop smoking and drinking to much and get down to the gym. That way you can still enjoy that juicy steak!

fat man eating protein

The study in question can be found at JAMA Internal Medicine

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