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I was researching longevity recently and I stumbled upon the Longevity Diet, specifically the Fasting Mimicking Diet designed by Valter Longo. I read Dr. Longo's book and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's nearly a vegan diet. (He does include eating fish, but rarely and imo it's portrayed as optional).

After reading about the Longevity Diet, I checked out The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner. It's an absolutely gorgeous book, and basically EVERY recipe is plant-based by default (I saw only 1 recipe that mentioned cheese, but specifically labeled it as optional).

I wanted to share this because I've been an ethical vegan for over 7 years, but I didn't do it for health reasons. If anyone asked me at the time, I would have quickly admitted to not knowing or caring if a vegan diet was healthier for me because that wasn't why I was adopting it. However, it's super cool to learn that the vegan diet also happens to be the best for longevity and wellness. Cheers to your health, ladies!

I was researching longevity recently and I stumbled upon the Longevity Diet, specifically the Fasting Mimicking Diet designed by Valter Longo. I read Dr. Longo's book and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's nearly a vegan diet. (He does include eating fish, but rarely and imo it's portrayed as optional). After reading about the Longevity Diet, I checked out [The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner](https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blue-zones-kitchen-dan-buettner/1130203858). It's an absolutely gorgeous book, and basically EVERY recipe is plant-based by default (I saw only 1 recipe that mentioned cheese, but specifically labeled it as optional). I wanted to share this because I've been an ethical vegan for over 7 years, but I didn't do it for health reasons. If anyone asked me at the time, I would have quickly admitted to not knowing or caring if a vegan diet was healthier for me because that wasn't why I was adopting it. However, it's super cool to learn that the vegan diet also happens to be the best for longevity and wellness. Cheers to your health, ladies!

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[–] larkaraptor 0 points (+1|-1) Edited

A vegan diet can be very healthy if one makes sure to get enough of nutrients that could be lacking. Whole foods plant-based especially!

Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity. Low intake of saturated fat and high intakes of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, soy products, nuts, and seeds (all rich in fiber and phytochemicals) are characteristics of vegetarian and vegan diets that produce lower total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and better serum glucose control. These factors contribute to reduction of chronic disease.