How Eating Vegetarian Food Can Benefit You

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There are many reasons that can motivate people to turn vegetarian. Some believe vegetarian food to be a healthier option while others are not comfortable with the idea of eating meat.

Many studies have revealed the environmental and health benefits of a plant-centric diet. A healthy diet is very important as about 70 percent of all diseases are related to what we eat. A dominant vegetarian intake reduces the risk of chronic degenerative diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. It also reduces the occurrence of cancer in the breast, stomach, prostate, colon, esophagus and lungs.  It is also much easier to start and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle because there are take-out restaurants like Christophe’s To Go in Johns Creek which offer many vegetarian menu items. Stores are also tagging vegetarian items with easy to read labels.

Benefits of eating vegetarian food

Some of the top reasons to follow a vegetarian diet include:

  • Chances of being affected by diseases can reduce: Vegetarian diets are said to be healthier than non-vegetarian diet, specifically when it comes to treating and preventing heart disease. Following a vegetarian diet, which is low in fat is among the most effective methods to inhibit the progress of coronary problems. Vegetarians are also likely to eat lesser amounts of cholesterol and animal fat. A balanced vegetarian diet includes many sources of anti-oxidants and fiber.
  • It is easier to reduce weight with vegetarian food: A standard non-vegetarian diet is filled with saturated fats and is usually low in complex carbohydrates. Saturated fats are one of the biggest reasons of gaining weight. Research has shown that 64 percent of total adult population in the US is overweight. The percentage of overweight people in the age group of 6 to 19 is 15. It has been observed that when overweight people follow a vegetarian diet, they not only lose weight but also manage to maintain it.
  • Increased longevity: Going vegetarian adds approximately 13 healthy years to your life. Meat tends to clog arteries, reduce energy levels and inhibit the immune system. People who follow a heavy non-vegetarian diet are also prone to suffer from sexual dysfunction at much earlier age compared to vegetarians.
  • Stronger bones: Vegetarians eat food which is rich in calcium and other nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin D.  Milk is a good source of calcium but if you are lactose intolerant, you can rely on tofu, beans and soy milk. Broccoli, turnip greens, collards and kale are also great sources of nutrients.
  • Chances of food-contracted infections/diseases are reduced: Eating infected meat, fish and poultry is a common cause of food-sourced illnesses. Though the chances of such diseases are less, they cannot be completely ruled out.
  • You will feel energetic for longer: Good nutrition is synonymous with more energy.  Excess fat, found in non-vegetarian food, in bloodstream may prevent your arteries from opening properly, which may affect the blood circulation process in your body. This can leave you feeling tired. Legumes, fruits, whole grains and vegetables have plenty of complex carbohydrates and supply your body with adequate energy.

Vegetarian food is tasty and offers variety of healthy options. It is also easy to digest compared to non-vegetarian food, which is why many people are switching to this healthy lifestyle choice. Try some Vegetarian take-out food and decide for yourself.

By Jimmy Chronicle; Google