Plant-Rich Dietary Patterns, Plant Foods and Nutrients, and Telomere Length

Year Published: 2019


Adv Nutr


Crous-Bou M, Molinuevo JL, Sala-Vila A


This article reviewed the current evidence surrounding how plant foods affect the aging process. Specifically, researchers looked at telomere length, which is a DNA marker of aging: shorter telemores are associated with shorter life expectancy, while longer telomeres are associated with longer life expectancy.

Key Findings

Key Findings: The review showed that in several observational studies, consumption of plant foods, including nuts and grains, had a positive effect on telomere length, supporting the view that plant foods promote health and longevity.