Researcher Dan Buettner (the Blue Zones Project) gave up meat forever after hearing a doctor describe what it does to arteries | by Gabby Landsverk |

Swapping out meat for plant-based options could improve your heart health and extend your life, researcher Dan Buettner said. 
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  • Dan Buettner pioneered the concept of Blue Zone diets, plant-based cuisines linked to longer lives.
  • He grew up eating meat and processed food, but went vegetarian as a result of his research.
  • Buettner interviewed a surgeon who said meat eaters have “crunchy” arteries from cholesterol buildup.
  • The man who pioneered an influential plant-based diet for longevity said he grew up on a “meat and potatoes” diet, but swore off meat forever after hearing a grisly anecdote from a plant-based heart surgeon.

    Dan Buettner, an explorer and researcher, has spent nearly two decades unlocking the secrets of living to 100  by investigating “Blue Zones,” areas of the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives. Buettner’s new book, “The Blue Zones American Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100,” focuses forgotten longevity secrets in American cooking traditions, including Indigenous, African American, and Latin American cuisines.

    He said the cuisines in Blue Zones around the world can vary, but share common traits: they’re mostly plant-based, include plenty of carbs, and have little to no meat or processed food.

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