A diet high in fruit and vegetable servings has already been shown to raise the average person’s mental wellness, and now there’s another incentive to hop on the kale-and-apple smoothie bandwagon. A recent research study shows that, on average, males on a vegetarian diet have been found to live almost a decade more, while females gained an additional 6.1 years.

“…the studies also indicated that the kinds of foods frequently consumed in vegetarian diets—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes—can reduce a person’s risk for diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, control body mass index and waist size, and boost brain health.”

The findings are based on the latest leg of a Loma Linda University study, which is now at its halfway point. Known as Adventist Health Study 2, the research revisited studies from thirty to forty years ago on vegetarian Seventh-day Adventists. Since 2002, the university has been tracking 96,000 Americans and Canadians.

Burgers, tho?

[via HuffPost Healthy Living/Everyday Health]