Before you take another bite of that burger, you may want to check out the latest research from the American Diabetes Association that has revealed people who eat the most animal protein are more likely to develop diabetes.
The study examined participants who were a part of the EPIC study, the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-InterAct case-control study, and found that for every additional 10 grams of protein people ate, the risk for developing diabetes went up by 13 percent. The goal of the study was to discover how lifestyle and genetic factors influenced the development of diabetes in European countries, and the researchers used food frequency questionnaires to determine the eating habits of the participants.
“Our study, the largest of its kind in terms of sample size, number of cases, and follow-up years, is the first to investigate the association between type 2 diabetes incidence and protein intake at a general European level,” the researchers write. They go on to say, “Overall, we conclude that a greater intake of total protein intake is associated with a higher type 2 diabetes incidence in European populations, but the effect of protein intake is small, and known type 2 diabetes risk factors are also important. Our results show that protein of animal origin is largely responsible for the association — not plant protein.”
This isn’t the first study to link animal protein consumption to ill health, and we hope this inspires more people to go plant-based.
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