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Can vegetarians live longer?

With all of the holiday meals around the corner, this is a question we're dying to know the answer to. The war between herbivores and carnivores has gone on for hundreds of years. We as humans are collectively omnivores, but the battle between whether you’re a vegetarian or you fancy your fair share of meat is an everyday occurrence. We all know that one of the main benefits of meat can be protein, which helps build muscle and helps you feel fuller longer. However, in recent years some studies have shown that vegetarians are actually healthier than meat eaters and can live longer. How is this possible? Let’s find out.

Live Longer, New York

“Manhattan stands out,” says Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, who is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The life expectancy of Manhattan residents has increased more than any other county since 1985. The top 12 increases also included Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

While changes in income sometimes reflected similar changes in life expectancy, it wasn’t consistent enough to be considered a direct cause. Rather, most believe the increase in years come from the city’s “drive to implement smoking bans, trans fat bans, and to make the city more amenable to physical activity […]