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Health reasons for being a vegetarian

February 12th, 2008 | Tina | Food and Drink, General, Health | 2 Comments »

If there is something all health experts can agree upon – it is that animal fat is NOT healthy. In fact the best thing you can do for your health is to become a vegetarian. A healthy vegetarian diet also protects you against numerous diseases, including: heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Vegetarianism - Fruit and vegetables

The American Dietetic Association have declared that vegetarians have "lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer" and that vegetarians are less likely than meat-eaters to be overweight. This of course doesn’t mean that you are necessarily skinny just because you are a vegetarian – but you are definitely healthier. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters. Meat-eaters are furthermore nine times more likely to be overweight than vegans are.

The consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products has also been strongly linked to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, and male impotence. Scientists have also found that vegetarians have stronger immune systems than their meat-eaters and this means that they are less prone to everyday sicknesses like the flu. Vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters. Some may infer that it is not worth living longer if you can eat what you want – but there are more reasons than "merely" health to be a vegetarian (read: Global hunger: The more meat we eat, the fewer people we can feed)

A good vegetarian diet is perfectly sufficient for you to get all the nutrients you need, and without all the saturated fat, cholesterol, and contaminants found in animal products.

Highly recommended: On PETA’s website you can request a great, free vegetarian starter kit and they even send it for free (amazing!!!). I ordered one online for both of my sisters and my mum and they were delivered free of charge to their house: http://goveg.com/order.asp

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2 Responses to “Health reasons for being a vegetarian”

  1. Spence Guerin
    February 9th, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Hi, I’d like to use part of your colorful veggie photo up top on our website, promoting program on healthy veggie foods. (I don’t see who to credit for photo.)

    If not alright with you, please advise, ok?
    Big thanks!
    spence
    Communications Chair
    Space Coast Progressive Alliance

  2. Barkha
    September 3rd, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Brilliant and impressive article! I came across another article featuring the best reasons to become vegetarian, they are also as awesome as the ones mentioned here, check it out: http://enzag.com/health/healthy-living/reasons-vegetarian/

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