Top Health Coach Success Tip: “10 Benefits of Vegetarianism”
Do you want a lil’ pep in your step? Would you like to contribute to a healthy planet? Do you want to save money on your grocery bill?
A vegetarian diet has several benefits when properly balanced and nutrient dense. However, just because a diet is “meat-free” does not necessarily mean it is healthy. Benefits can be negated when a healthy lifestyle does not follow suit. In contrast, a diet containing meat is not always unhealthy. For example, eating a salad isn’t enough if you are sedentary, frequently enjoying high-fat junk foods, or smoking cigarettes! Consuming an adequate amount of calories and eating a variety of healthy food is just as important.
If you’re looking to add more vegetarianism into your lifestyle, check out the 10 benefits below to motivate you!
PS: Note: Vegetarian diets may not be for everyone, it’s all about bio-individuality, the concept that “no one diet fits all”!
Research reveals information suggesting vegetarians may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact, it was found that vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.1
When done right, lactovegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, or vegan diets are naturally low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and have been shown to reduce heart disease risk. Epidemiologic data has shown vegetarians suffer less disease caused by a modern Western diet (e.g., coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others).2
This can be attributed to a higher intake in fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids.
Vegetarians typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.3
Foodborne illnesses, antibiotics, bacteria, parasites, and chemical toxins are more common in commercial meat, poultry, and seafood when compared with plant foods, (particularly organic fruits and vegetables).
SAVING THE PLANET
A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires less energy and farmland to feed a vegetarian.
Vegetarians tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration.4
Plant foods tend to be less expensive, except for a few delicacies, saving on overall costs.
BETTER ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
While most active individuals focus on protein intake, they should be advised that, when done right, a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet may be optimal for sports performance. Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian athletes continues to rise.
SUPPORTING ANIMAL RIGHTS
Ethical reasons can be a consideration when choosing a vegetarian diet.
Vegetarians have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.5
1. Restriction of meat, fish, and poultry in omnivores improves mood http://geti.in/15vBl8k
2. Health aspects of vegetarian diets http://geti.in/WMAXCm
3. Weight gain over 5 years in 21 966 meat-eating, fish-eating, vegetarian and vegan men and women in EPIC-Oxford http://geti.in/XLlzTD
4. Vegetarian diet: panacea for modern lifestyle diseases? http://geti.in/102atK8
5. Does low meat consumption increase life expectancy in humans? http://geti.in/1bRs8LW
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