Bad news, meat eaters.
The study used data on roughly 73,000 actual people, as opposed to simulated data extrapolated from a smaller sample. The full study hasn’t been published yet (it will be in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) but expect more specific information on the health benefits of vegetarianism when it becomes available.
Another bit of information released ahead of the full study is that vegetarian diets have a lower carbon footprint than ones that include meat. Around 33 percent lower, according to researchers.
This isn’t the first study to make that claim. A recent examination of U.K. vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat eaters found that the less meat consumed, the lower the carbon-dioxide emissions associated with a given diet.