It is a common assumption that vegetarians are healthier than meat eaters and that is the main vegetarian diet benefits.
Of course it is possible to be a vegetarian and be unhealthy but it seems that statistics do support the fact that in general vegetarians tend to be more healthy.
A vegetarian diet, if planned properly, is rich in dietary fibre, carbohydrates, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, carotenoids, magnesium and potassium and contains far lower levels of cholesterol and saturated fats and none of the animal protein of a meat eater’s diet.
Despite the fact that Japanese Sumo wrestlers get fat on vegetarian stew, they are the exception and the vast majority of vegetarians don’t.
Here are just a few vegetarian diet benefits:
Good for your Waistline: The high level of dietary fibre in a normal veggie’s menu is what reduces the overall number of calories absorbed into the body and, therefore, makes a vegetarian diet a more slimmer one.
Good for your Heart: The high fibre, high antioxident and low saturated fat which is typical of a non-meat diet is also conducive to low blood pressure and a healthy heart: further health benefits from ceasing to eat meat.
Lower Risk of Cancer: The lower general fat and protein intake of a veggie tends to cause a lower production of carcinogens in the body and, therefore, produces a lower risk of cancer. The higher presence of dietary fibre is also good for your general health and well-being, promoting good digestion and less change of digestive disorders.
Kinder to Animals: Aside from the dietary elements of vegetarianism there are additional benefits which may be overlooked. For those concerned about the well-being of animals there is some reassurance in refusing to eat meat.
Greater Awareness of the Environment and Health: The general awareness which comes with making such a big change to your diet can affect other areas of your life and often a result is a greater awareness of environmental and health issues, as well as a better understanding of your own body and health. It may be that, statistically, a more healthy body is one of the main vegetarian diet benefits, but a better awareness of health and your environment may, in the longer term, be the greater benefit of a vegetarian diet.