Stop Early Menopause and Eat Your Vegetables

By: Women's Care Staff

Many benefits exist when incorporating more vegetables into your diet. Some benefits include maintaining a healthy weight, more energy, and better digestion. Furthermore, new research suggests that women who eat more vegetable protein may lower their risk for early menopause. Therefore, prolong your reproductive function by eating vegetables!

The Link Between Vegetables and Early Menopause

According to Science Daily, researchers conducted an ongoing study of 116,000 women ages 25 to 45. Throughout the study, they asked participants to report how often they ate a single serving of 131 foods. They found that women had a 16 percent lower risk of early menopause when they ate veggie protein. Moreover, the veggie protein consisted of approximately 6.5 percent of their daily calorie intake compared to other women whose intake was at 4 percent of their calories.

Where to Find Vegetable Protein

Not sure where you can find a good source of vegetable protein? Also according to Science Daily, vegetable protein can be found in foods such as whole grains, soy, and tofu. “Consuming enriched pasta, dark bread and cold cereal were especially associated with lower risk,” the article said, “while they observed no similar relation to eating animal sources of protein.”

In addition, see our list of other foods high in vegetable or plant-based protein:

  • Lentils
  • Black Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Green Peas
  • Artichokes
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Edamame

What is Premature Menopause?

Providers define early menopause as menopause experienced before the age of 40. Although rate, women who experience premature menopause often experience other health risks. Furthermore, some of these risks include loss of estrogens that can contribute to colon and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

To learn more about how you can lower your risk of early menopause, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified OB/GYNS.

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