Vegetarians Have Lower Cataract Risk Than Meat Eaters

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/20, Hendrick) reported, “People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians,” according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the study, 27,670 people “were divided into groups according to the amount of meat they ate: highest meat consumption: 3.5 ounces or more a day; mid-range meat consumption: 1.7 to 3.4 ounces a day; low-meat consumption: less than 1.7 ounces a day; fish eaters: Those who ate fish but not meat; vegetarians: Those who did not eat meat or fish but did eat dairy products and/or eggs;” and “vegans: Those who did not eat meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs.” The researchers found that “mid-range meat eaters had a decreased cataract risk of 4%, low-meat eaters 15%, fish eaters 21%, vegetarians 30%, and vegans 40%.”

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