Be more vegetarian
Life expectancy may be related to three factors that make vegetarians have less harmful fats, more antioxidants, and less weight. However, before moving on to how vegetarianism can increase your life expectancy, we must define what we mean by vegetarian.
There are some vegetarians who are classified as “junk food vegetarians”. These vegetarians eat cheese pizza and ice cream all day. This is bad for your health or life expectancy.
We refer to a person who eats a lot of vegetables made with healthy fats (such as olive oil) and limits their intake of animal products such as cheese and cream. We will refer to this type of vegetarian as the “whole food vegetarian.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and reduced life expectancy in the United States. As the heart ages , waste can build up in the arteries, and the arteries themselves can become heavier.
This leads to increased blood pressure and increased stress on the heart, resulting in a risk of heart disease. Vegetarians (whole vegetarians) have some of the best arteries because eating healthy vegetables avoids bad fats and other unhealthy foods.
People who eat a lot of vegetables also get a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body repair some of the damage caused by aging. The more plants you eat (and more variety), the more materials your body will have to repair.
Lastly, vegetables fill you up with very few calories (if cooked without creams, butter, or cheese). A healthy vegetarian diet should help you maintain or lose weight. A healthy weight is associated with a longer lifespan. So go more vegetarian to increase your life expectancy and lead a healthier lifestyle.