According to a new study, getting protein from plant-based sources instead of animals is linked to fewer deaths related to dementia and heart disease. 

The study observed more than 100,000 post-menopausal women for nearly 20 years. The women involved who ate more protein by following a plant-based diet had an associated lower risk of deaths related to heart disease and dementia, as well as a lower risk of death from all causes, as opposed to women who ate more red meat, dairy, and eggs. 

Plant-based diets consist mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants such as fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. It is different from a vegan diet which eliminates all animal-derived products from the meal. Plant-based diets allow eating little to no animal-derived products.

It is also different from vegetarian diets which eliminate all meat, fish, and poultry from the menu. 

But aside from having various health benefits, following a plant-based diet is also often done for the benefit of the environment. 

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