Animal vs. Plant Protein: A Harvard Study

These days, it seems like everybody has an opinion on nutrition. With the internet at our fingertips, it can be simple to label oneself a food expert. So, with endless comments on your lifestyle choices, whose opinions should you trust? An important rule to follow: always stick to the facts.

Science-backed studies provide information that’s essential for us, because years of research and other resources have been poured into finding key results. And a game-changing study has just been released. Conducted by Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Valter Longo of the University of Southern California, the study looked at animal protein diets versus plant protein diets.

The research looked at 130,000 participants over three decades of their life. Think about that: more than 30 years of data, tests, and findings. And the results are conclusive. Those participants that ate a plant-protein heavy diet had a significantly less chance of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other diseases that could lead to early death. Participants who ate animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs) were linked to higher rates of inflammation, disease, and death.

There’s no way around this. Eating more plant-based proteins is clinically proven to be good for your health. Don’t know where to start? Try our Zumba Shake Shake Shake™ protein drink, which delivers about 17 grams of plant-based protein per serving. It could be the most important thing you drink all day.

Susan Perez

Susan Mendez is the Managing Editor of the ZLife blog and you can usually find her getting her sass on to Beyonce's 'Formation' in Zumba class; other loves include eating popcorn while watching 'The Voice', singing [really badly] at the top of her lungs while driving, and wearing red lipstick.

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