Meatless meals may be protective for males

A study of more than 70,000 US Seventh-Day Adventists found vegetarians have a slightly reduced (12% lower) mortality rate compared to non-vegetarians.

In men, cardiovascular and ischaemic heart disease deaths were reduced with a meatless diet but the reduced mortality for women was non-significant.

Even semi-vegetarians had an edge over meat-eaters but the lowest mortality was found among vegetarians who included seafood in their diet (19% reduced risk).