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Vegetarians live longer, but it’s not because they don’t eat meat

Maria Redin

One of the most basic concepts in science is that correlation does not imply causation—even though it is sometimes highly suggestive of it.

So it goes with vegetarianism and longevity. It’s absolutely true that vegetarians live longer. In this study, vegetarians live six to nine years longer, which is a huge effect. But vegetarians are also more likely to exercise, be married, smoke less and drink less alcohol.

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  • Marc Posch

    The discussion about vegan/vegetarian is always going in the wrong direction - less meat or no meat - instead of more vegetables and more variety. Once you find out what amazing vegetable options are out there, beyond french fries and lettuce, people tend to shift their focus away from meat organically. Happened to me - and I'm enjoying it

    • Maria Redin

      Ha! That is how we turned mostly vegetarian as well... We just went to the farmer's market more often and were intrigued by what was there.

    • Laura Kurtzberg

      So true. It's not the absence of meat that makes us vegetarians so awesome- it is all the varied vegetables we tend to eat!