You know a plant-based diet is healthy—but did you know going meat-free may also dramatically extend your lifespan? Years of research show the longest-living populations eat less meat, and some studies suggest a meat-free diet may buy you more years on the planet—and a higher quality of life. In general, studies suggest people with the highest meat consumption have an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, and other diseases. But a balanced vegan or vegetarian diet—high in antioxidants and fiber, low in saturated fat, with sufficient protein and important nutrients—can reduce your risk of disease and increase longevity.
It’s cookout season, but just because you’re on the plant-based train, it doesn’t mean you have to put your grill away in storage. Flex your creative culinary muscles with these genius bbq veg recipes that will make sausages look darn right snoozy.