I am a cockroach. I am eating an apple while writing this column, but I am having a salad later. It’s all about balance.
As a foil to Kutcher’s comment let me offer an article that will be circulated much less. It is from The Atlantic, and the gist is that vegetarians get a lot less heart disease than meat eaters.
The Atlantic was reporting on a research from the University of Oxford that drew upon data from almost 45,000 participants in a long-term study. A third of the participants ate no meat, and there was an average of 11 years of followup.
“The self-proclaimed vegetarians had a 32% reduced risk of both fatal and nonfatal heart disease, accompanied by lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels, as compared to nonvegetarians,” according to the article.
The vegetarians in the study also had lower body mass index scores and fewer occurences of diabetes. They ate more than just fruit, of course. They also ate cheese, vegetables and whole grains. The bottom line of the study: diet is important in protecting against heart disease. I am thinking long-lived cockroach types should go for the vegetarian diet.
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