It seems like lately, there is a new study every week that shows the multitudinous benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables to our diets. And now – a new study released by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that eating a high intake of vegetable proteins over a long period of time can lower the risk of early onset menopause in women.

According to experts, early menopause affects about 10 percent of women and is considered to be early when it starts before the age of 45. The normal average age for menopause is around 51, and while it is a natural process, early onset can be related to other problems such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premature cognitive decline. The longer we can hold out the better right?!

Some of the most effective foods to eat according to the study consist of whole grains, soy, beans, and tofu. Other foods like dark bread, cold cereal, and enriched pasta are also recommended. This news comes at a great time when plant-based proteins are becoming increasingly available due to consumer demand for healthier alternatives to animal proteins.

Consuming a diet high in plant-based proteins has been shown to also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, eating a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet can lower your risk of colon and breast cancer, which has been linked to meat consumption.

And it couldn’t be a better time to start incorporating more fresh produce into your diet. The entire plant-based food sector has exceeded a worth of $5 billion in annual sales. Large food companies have taken note of this change in the market and have either added or even switched their offerings to include plant-based proteins. It seems this change is good all around, from a business, consumer health, animal welfare, and an environmental standpoint. In the words of mothers across the world, eating your vegetables never sounded so good!

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