Top 10 Health Benefits Of Being Vegetarian

Vegetarian Food. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian

What is vegetarianism?
Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of animal products including red meat, fish or other seafood, poultry, the flesh of animal or by-products of animal slaughter. A vegetarian diet includes grains, fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts, seeds, and with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs.




There are different types of vegetarians:

·      Lacto-vegetarians exclude animal products and eggs but eat dairy products.

·      Lacto-ovo-vegetarians exclude animal products but eat both dairy products and eggs.

·  Jain vegetarians exclude animal products, eggs, or anything that grows underground including potatoes, onions, and garlic but eat dairy products.


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Buddhist Vegetarians exclude animal products and vegetables in the allium family (which have the characteristic aroma of onion and garlic): onion, garlic, chives, scallions, leeks, or shallots but eat dairy products.

·     Vegans exclude any products derived from animals – no meat, fish, dairy or eggs.


Vegetarian Food. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Vegetarian Food


Below are the Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian:


1. Slows the Aging Process, Increases Lifespan
Vegetarian organic plant-based diet is mainly rich in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber which in turn strengthens the immune system and flushes out toxin from body, prevent chemical build up in the body, slows down the aging process. Additionally, a vegetarian diet can prevent many chronic diseases thus facilitating more healthy years and a longer lifespan.

Slows the Aging Process, Increases Lifespan. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Slows the Aging Process, Increases Lifespan



2. Less Toxicity
Toxins such as pesticides, antibiotics, hormones are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fatty flesh of the animals. Non-Vegetarian foods can harbor contaminants such viruses and parasites such as toxoplasmosis parasites, Trichinella spiralis, salmonella, and other worms. Food-borne illnesses, bacteria, and chemical toxins are more common in commercial meat, seafood, and poultry when compared with organic plant-based foods.

 Less Toxicity. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
 Less Toxicity




3. Improves metabolism
Fiber is necessary for proper digestion and fruits and vegetables contain high fiber content. Vegetarian food is easy to digest and helps in fast elimination of toxins and other chemicals from the body keeping the body metabolism in a good state. RMR (resting metabolic rate) in people with a vegetarian diet is higher than omnivores which means vegetarians speedily burn fats.


 

4. Maintains Healthy Body Weight
Typically, Vegetarians weigh less. Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index (a measure of body fat) than meat eaters’. This may be because a vegetarian diet typically comprised of fewer calories and high in fiber-rich such as fruits, and vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds that are more filling, lower in fat and less calorie dense. This might be the main reason why more and more people today are opting vegetarianism in their life.

Maintains Healthy Body Weight. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Maintains Healthy Body Weight



5. Reduces Risk of Diabetes
As per a study, diabetes is more frequently occurs in Non-vegetarians almost twice as often as in vegetarians. Vegetarian diet provides greater protection against diabetes. A healthy vegetarian diet is easy to absorb, contains less fatty acids and is nutritious. Vegetarian diets have been shown to be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes where weight loss is often the most effective way to manage the condition.

Reduces Risk of Diabetes. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Reduces Risk of Diabetes



6. Reduces Risk of Cataract
Though it cannot be confirmed that eating meat causes cataract development, but many studies have revealed that decreases in meat consumption as part of a daily diet decreases the risk for cataracts. Researchers suggest that the overall lifestyle of vegetarians contribute to the decreased risk of cataract and vegetarians enjoys the less incidence of cataract development.

Reduces Risk of Cataract. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Reduces Risk of Cataract



7. Reduces Risk of Cancer
Red meat and processed meat consumption are directly associated with an increase in the risk of colorectal cancer. Regularly consuming is strongly associated with a reduced risk of some cancers. There is evidence that vegetarians have a statistically significant lower rate of cancer than those who consumed meat regularly. The vegetarian diet contains fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants which protect against cancer. Reducing your risk of cancer is another great reason to opt for vegetarianism.

Reduce Risk of Cancer. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Reduce Risk of Cancer



8. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Vegetarian diets are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, and phytonutrients, which are known to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation which may support a significantly reduced risk of heart disease. Also, Vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol in comparison to meat-based diets that are often high in cholesterol, fat and environmental pollutants. Vegetarians have 40 percent less risk of death from cardiovascular disease than non-vegetarians.

Reduces Risk of Heart Disease. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease



9. Gives More Energy
Vegetarians are tending to be more energetic and happy. Meat-based diet is often high in fat and protein making them difficult to digest while vegetarians have a higher consumption of carbohydrates in the form of whole grain. Carbohydrates digest easily and give energy instantly. Carbohydrates increase serotonin levels, which is mood-boosting neurotransmitter which increases the brain’s serotonin levels called happiness hormones which keep you happy all day.

Gives More Energy. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Gives More Energy



10.    Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Vegetarian diet is much low in cholesterol while animal products are very high in cholesterol.  High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (bad cholesterol) have been linked with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Vegetarian Diet Is Associated with lower cholesterol levels. This may be due to the Vegetarians have reduced intake of saturated fat, and an increased intake of organic plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts, which are naturally rich in soluble fiber, soy protein, and plant sterols. Although cholesterol is an essential component of each human cell, there is no need to take cholesterol from an external source as the body can make all the cholesterol it needs from Vegetarian foods.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels. Top 10 Health benefits of being vegetarian. Eat so what. A Smart Food Blog by La Fonceur
Lowers Cholesterol Levels



 Conclusion
Along with healthy organic vegetarian diet, there are many factors that attribute to a healthy and long lifespan, some other lifestyles need to pay attention like quitting smoking and drinking. Being on vegetarian diet doesn’t mean you opt for less healthy food options, such as refined grains, which could increase the risk of heart disease. One should follow plant-based diets that are high in fiber, whole grains, vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts that are lower in fat, more filling, healthy and nutritious.


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