People become vegetarians for many different reasons. Some want to live longer and healthier lives, and some people want to simply reduce pollution. Others switched to preserve our Earth’s natural resources or because they love animals and don’t believe in eating them.
The Health Benefits Of A Vegetarian Diet
Eating a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and specific types of cancer like breast, colon, lung, stomach and esophageal cancer.
Vegetarian diets are healthier than the normal American diet, especially when it comes to preventing, reversing and treating heart disease and lessening the risks of cancer. A low-fat vegan diet is the best way to stop or prevent coronary heart disease. A vegetarian diet is healthy because vegetarians eat less cholesterol and animal fat and instead, they consume more fiber and produce full of antioxidants.
The standard diet – high in processed foods and saturated fats and low in complex carbohydrates and plant-based foods, makes people fat and can slowly kill us. Studies conducted by Dean Ornish, MD, president and director of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute found that obese people who followed a vegetarian diet lost approximately 24 pounds in one year and kept that weight off even five years later. This weight was lost without ever counting carbohydrates or calories and without feeling hungry or measuring portions.
When switching from a standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you add about 13 years to your life. People who eat four-legged fat have less of a life span. Animal products zap your energy, clog your arteries and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience sexual dysfunction at a younger age.
For a healthier you, consider switching to a vegetarian diet.