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A new study from the European Association for the Study of Obesity found that vegetarians have healthier biomarkers than meat-eaters, a study conducted on over 166,000 UK adults found.

Biomarkers include good and bad health effects like chronic conditions, promoting or preventing cancer, and age-related diseases. Dieters were given either a vegetarian or meat diet and then checked for biomarkers for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, liver, bone and joint health, and kidney function.

Vegetarians had lower levels of 13 biomarkers, including creatinine (a marker of worsening kidney function), total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and apolipoprotein A (linked to cardiovascular disease).

“Our findings offer real food for thought,” says Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales from the University of Glasgow, UK, who led the research. “As well as not eating red and processed meat which have been linked to heart diseases and some cancers, people who follow a vegetarian diet tend to consume more vegetables, fruits, and nuts which contain more nutrients, fibre, and other potentially beneficial compounds. These nutritional differences may help explain why vegetarians appear to have lower levels of disease biomarkers that can lead to cell damage and chronic disease.”

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