Live Longer — Fruits and Veggies Proven to Add More Life

March 27th, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month. So each week this month, we’re highlighting how certain foods can help improve specific health conditions. This is the fourth and final article in the series. Please share with friends and family who may be interested.


You’ve heard it many times from many different sources: doctors, talk shows, magazine articles, you name it. The way to stay healthy is to exercise regularly, watch your weight, get enough sleep and eat a sensible diet.

But what if, just by choosing the right foods to eat, you could actually live longer? That’s not science fiction. That’s science fact. According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, diets with a high intake of animal protein (meat) were positively associated with cardiovascular mortality. This means death caused by heart attack, heart disease or stroke. Furthermore, this danger is even greater for individuals with at least one lifestyle risk factor, such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. And the size of this study was remarkably comprehensive, – over 130,000 people from all walks of life participated.

“Eating more plants – vegetables, whole grains and legumes – and fewer animal products can help you live a longer, healthier life,” said Rebecca Ramsing, sr. program officer, Food Communities & Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. “Taking meat off your plate a few days a week can make a long-lasting impact!”

On a brighter note, the study also indicates that diets with a high intake of plant-based protein – instead of meat – result in less deaths due to cardiovascular issues. This finding suggests the importance of the protein source you choose to eat regularly. In other words, people who choose more fruits, veggies, grains and nuts tend to be healthier and live longer.

With this good news in mind, we’ve picked out one of our favorite recipes to help you savor all life has to offer. Bon appétit.

Roasted Spring Veggie Couscous