New Study Utilizes 22 Sets of Twins to Research If a Vegan Diet Is Healthier Than Eating Meat

To meat or not to meat?

Late last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study by Stanford University researchers who studied the health of 22 groups of identical twins to see how they differed when one ate a vegan diet and the other consumed an omnivore diet.

The eight-week study specifically looked at the twins’ cardiovascular health, including cholesterol levels, sugar levels, insulin levels and body weight.

The group’s diet revolved around healthy foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limited unhealthy aspects, such as added sugars, refined grains, and highly processed foods.



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In the statement for TodayDr. Christopher Gardner, senior author of the study, said identical twins were used specifically because they have the same genes and upbringing, as well as similar attitudes and behaviors with food and exercise.

He added that each set of twins was randomly assigned to one of two diets, and neither had to choose their own.

After completing the two-month study, researchers found that the twins who followed the vegan diet lost more weight, reduced LDL, which is also known as “bad” cholesterol, and experienced lower insulin levels.

For many, this included a 20% drop in insulin levels, a 12% drop in LDL cholesterol and a 3% drop in total body weight.


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“What we can take away is not that the world should go vegan,” Gardner said Today in a statement after the study was published.

“It is very likely that there are partial benefits that can be experienced simply by replacing some of the meat in the diet with more plant-based foods,” he added.

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