The secret to a longer life? A low protein diet.
Based on new research from the Franics Crick Institute, keeping to a low protein diet, especially when you’re young, can potentially increase your lifespan.
Researchers used fruit flies, which share more than two-thirds of disease genes with humans, but have a much lower average lifespan of two to three months for the study.
They found that the fruit flies raised on a low-protein diet earlier on in their life before switching to a standard diet as adults lived more than twice as long compared to the flies that stuck to a standard diet throughout their lives.
Researchers also found that sticking to a low protein diet can help reduce the harmful effect of the skin lipids flies release. Skin lipids in flies help to prevent dehydration and stimulate courtship behaviours, but they are also toxic, and may shorten their lifespan.
Humans also produce skin lipids that help to keep our skin moisturised and protect it from the environment. However, when they reach with stressors in the environment, they can become harmful and speed up the signs of ageing.
Diets high in protein such as meat (especially red), dairy and eggs have been linked to several diseases such as heart disease, cancer and kidney problems. Try lowering your intake of high protein foods and keep to a balanced diet to keep diseases at bay and potentially even increase your lifespan.