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The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

The vegan or total vegetarian diet is a diet that is made from plants alone. Vegetarian diets are healthy as long as it is well watched. Unlike foods with animal products a vegetarian diet is low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Studies show vegetarians are at a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other forms of cancer among other health conditions. Here are some of the benefits of a vegetarian diet.


Low cholesterol – Eating animal fat has no significant health advantage, when removed from your diet then you have dealt with a detrimental effect the fat has on your health. According to Korean researchers on vegetarians, cholesterol levels are lower for the vegetarians compared with their omnivore counterparts. This means that vegetables have a very low cholesterol capacity, a feature that aids in maintaining a healthy body.


Satisfies all your nutritional requirements – Many people think vegans are nutritionally deficient or hungry always. According to American Diabetic Association on vegetarians, it is noted that a comprehensive and well-designed vegetarian diet is nutritionally sound and can be taken by all ages and all stages of life. These include infants, youth, elderly, and athletes.


Lower risk of diabetes – Many studies have been done to ascertain the benefits of vegetables; one of the main advantages is the fact that it reduces risks of diabetes. The diet can’t cure the problem, but it lowers the chances of getting diabetes and maintains it at a controllable level. This is possible as vegetables help in maintaining weight and improves blood sugar control.


   Lowers risks of cancer – After studying different versions of vegetarian diets and cancer risk among people at a low risk for cancer overall, researchers from Loma Linda University in California discovered that vegetarians have protective benefits. However, the research is not the final say on this. Vegans were at the lowest risks of having cancer specifically cancer most common among women, like breast cancer.


Better moods – A study done in 2012 of people chosen randomly showed individuals who eat vegetables have better moods compared with others. This was concluded after two weeks, the selected people were divided into three groups fish-only, all-meat allowed and vegetarians no meat. After the period vegetarians were in better moods than the rest of the group.


Fewer chances of developing kidney stones – Vegans have a higher urine pH, people who take animal proteins have less pH which is associated with the creation of kidney stones.


Lower risk of stroke and obesity – Most vegans and vegetarians are more deliberate in their food choices and as such, they are far less likely to binge eat or choose food depending on their emotions. These are two habits that significantly contribute to obesity. Additionally, the University Hospital Ghent Department of Pediatrics in Belgium says vegetarian diets are the best way to reduce your chances of having a stroke or being obese.


Reduces Risks of Cardiovascular Disease – According to the research by JCU University Skin Research Clinic vegetarians are at lower risk of having cardiovascular disease. This is as a result of their diet being rich in antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants are molecules that help in reduction of the damage done by oxidative stress including atherosclerosis.


Vegetables are associated with good health. Plants highly contribute to reducing diseases and better management of any existing health problem.

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