Having a low-protein diet early in life may help you live longer, new research suggests.
A study found fruit flies – which share more than two thirds of humans genes – live twice as long when given minimal protein when young.
A typical western diet is high in protein and fats from meat, diary, and eggs – with red meat in particular linked to heart disease and cancer.
Additionally, there is evidence eating too much protein long-term can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and worsen existing kidney problems.
The researchers also believe their findings could be explained because a low-protein diet produces less toxic lipids secreted by the skin.
Health skin lipids form a natural barrier keeping out dirt, impurities and harmful chemicals that can accelerate ageing.