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Health Benefits of Becoming a Vegetarian

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Why We Should Practice Vegetarianism?

As reported in the 'British Medical Journal' in 1994, vegetarians live longer than the meat eaters. Also, vegetarians have less chance of developing cancer than the meat eaters.

Vegetarian diet may lead to better health, provided there is proper intake of nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, pulses, leafy greens, cereals, eggs, dairy products, nuts etc. Leading good life style and the environment also contributes for keeping people fit and healthy.

Start Vegetarian Foods from an Early Age


Meat-Eating is not Good For Health

Meat-eating is connected with type 2 diabetes

New research shows that type 2 diabetes has a connection to consuming animal protein, especially, processed and red meat. It is a surprising fact that omnivores who consumed meat once a week for over 17 years had a 74% higher risk of diabetes. In short, omnivores have double the chance of getting diabetes compared to plant-eaters.

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Go for tasty vegetarian food options like tofu, Indian curries, Chinese stir-fried dishes, Thai vegetarian foods, etc, which can be a good substitute for eating meat. Vegetarian foods are anti-inflammatory, rich in fiber, high in antioxidants and other phytonutrients.


Benefits of Meat-Free Eating

Traditional research on vegetarianism highlighted the nutritional deficiencies connected to vegetarianism. Now, there is a 180-degree turn, studies confirm the benefits of meat-free eating. Plant-based eating is gaining popularity due to the easy availability of abundant fresh vegetable produces.

According to American Dietetic Association, "Properly planned vegetarian diets, including vegan diets are nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."


What is Vegan Diet?

If you like to follow a vegan diet, you have to give up even animal-derived products such as milk, cheese, butter, eggs so on. In this case, you should be diligent about your food selection. You may opt for nutrient-rich soya products, pulses, whole grains, nuts, etc., in place of dairy products.

Along with the above foods, give growing children foods that are rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin B12.

Summing Up: The Ultimate Food Guide for Vegetarians for Staying Healthy

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They are the storehouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta carotene, and Vitamin C.These nutrients prevent the body from getting aging and other damages. They also protect the body against cancer and heart diseases.
  2. Eating foods containing fat is a part of food intake. However, reduce the saturated fat content, may lead to high cholesterol and heart ailments. Eggs, dairy products, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and meat are a few examples of foods containing saturated fat.
  3. Intake of more fibrous foods like grain products, unrefined grains, grains with husk, salads, fruits and vegetables, sprouts, peas, and other pulses is recommended. Fiber helps in easy bowel movement and prevents constipation. Cancer of the bowel can be prevented through enough consumption of fiber in the diet.

Conclusion: Vegetarian diet is considered more nutritious than a meat diet. It has more health benefits than the meat diet.

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