Healthy vegetarian eating with fresh food works against the biological clock
With the right diet you can slow down aging to stay younger. This is certified by a Chinese study which – after studying the diet of over 10,000 over 50s for 8 years – has shown that people who follow a ‘healthy’ vegetarian diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and legumes, age more slowly compared to those who consume more animal products, primarily meat, canned or ultra-processed foods. The ‘verdict’ relating to the impact of diet on biological age comes from researchers at Zhejiang University, in China, in a study published in the journal ‘Bmc medicine’.
Therefore, according to the researchers, a vegetarian diet would allow us to have a biological age (the age of our cells) lower than our real chronological age (the one corresponding to our date of birth). Scientists are increasingly interested in biological age to measure a person’s actual fitness and health: they only need to look at cells to determine whether they have entered senescence, a stage of cellular development during which they lose the ability to regenerate and repair itself, setting the stage for age-related diseases. That’s exactly what Chinese researchers have done.
This allowed them to find that followers of the vegetarian diet saw their risk of accelerated aging reduced by about a third provided they did not opt for refined grains, canned vegetables or dairy products, all identified as “potential key factors for an increase in indicators of ageing”.