Vegetarian diets are gaining popularity as more and more people are being concerned about health and healthy eating. Studies have shown that vegetarians (following a well-balanced low-fat high-fibre vegetarian diet) often have lower incidence of coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity and some forms of cancer. So, if you’ve ever thought about turning vegetarian, here are some of the excellent benefits of a vegetarian diet.
Iron. Red meat is an important source of iron. A vegetarian diet may put you at higher risk for iron deficiency. Make sure to get enough dried beans, spinach, brewer’s yeast, and dried fruits in your diet. These are all good sources of iron.
Weight loss. Many people lose weight when they adopt a vegetarian diet. Care needs to be taken to ensure that you are eating healthily, but all that is needed is some research and common sense. Vegetarians tend to consume much more vegetables and fruit, which are low calorie and high in fibre, and fill you up.
A longer life. On average, vegetarians live about 7 years longer than meat eaters and vegans live up to 15 years longer.
Reduce the diabetes. The higher amounts of nuts and whole grains in vegetarian diets may help reduce the risk of diabetes.
Chronic disease reduction. Choosing plant-based sources of protein instead of animal proteins may lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to MayoClinic.org. Beans, lentils, soy protein and grains provide protein and other heart-healthy nutrients, such as dietary fiber and potassium. Nuts are high in unsaturated fats, which may lower your cholesterol levels when you eat them instead of saturated fats. Your risk for chronic diseases depends on many factors in addition to whether you eat meat, so talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Natural skin glow. When you eat lots of nuts and vitamins, your skin benefits from a boost of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Nuts and vegetables that contain high levels of vitamins A and E can help reduce blemishes and keep your skin looking fresh, vibrant and youthful.