Thinking of Becoming Vegetarian? Here’s How Your Body Can Benefit!
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
There is a lot of interest in meat-free diets these days, with everyone who “goes vegetarian” having their reasons for doing so. The journey from carnivore to herbivore may not be the easiest for some people, but the endeavor can be more than a little worthwhile, especially when care is taken to replace vital proteins and other nutrients with fresh fruits and vegetables. Obvious warning: going vegetarian does nothing for your health if your diet is filled with sugar and processed foods loaded with carbs and sodium.
Advantages of a vegetarian diet include
- Potential weight loss. When there is no meat in the diet, there is the potential for far fewer calories put into the body. This happens when fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy grains are consumed in a balanced manner. Too much sugar and carbs, and weight will likely stay put. Furthermore, you may feel drained of your precious energy.
- Decreased risk of heart disease. The fat and calories in meat alone increase a person’s risk for heart disease. Therefore, simply taking meat off the plate can mean a healthier heart. Now, when that plate is filled with fruits and vegetables, there are additional gains in the form of fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. Hint: French fries don’t count!
- Reduced cancer risk. First, we have to say that there are several factors related to the development of cancer, from family history to environmental toxins. Cutting meat out of the diet is one of many puzzle pieces, but it is one nonetheless.
- Reduced risk of Type II diabetes. Research points to imbalances in the diet as a major factor in Type II diabetes, which usually develops during adulthood. High-fat meat products exacerbate this imbalance, whereas whole grains and plant-based proteins seem to have a balancing effect on blood sugar.
You Need to Know . . .
Transitioning into a vegetarian or even a vegan diet can take time. It needs to take effort. Removing meat from the diet means severely cutting down the intake of certain nutrients, such as vitamin B12 and calcium. It is possible to replace vital nutrients with other foods, and also with supplements, if necessary. Just make sure you do so to gain all of the health benefits of this important life change.
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