Why go Vegetarian?
One of the most popular diets that people have imposed on themselves is the vegetarian diets. Although most diets are associated with weight loss, the reason why people undergo this diet is not restricted to this. Some of them eat a vegetarian diet because of their values, beliefs and religion. And, aside from the benefit of fulfilling their spiritual needs as well as saving many animals from slaughter, they also derive a lot of health benefits from their diet.
Vegan or Vegetarian?
The best benefit that you can get from being a vegetarian is good digestion. Vegetarian diets usually consist of grains and cereals (like brown rice and muesli), legumes, nuts and seeds (like soya beans, lentils and almonds), fruits and vegetables as well as dairy and soya products (like milk, yogurt and cheese). Because these vegetarian food choices contain a lot of fiber, vegetarians rarely have problems with indigestion, constipation, and other gastrointestinal diseases.
Healthy, Glowing Skin
Since vegetarian diets consist of a lot of fruits and vegetables, vegetarians consume a lot vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish the skin, giving them clearer and rosier skin. Because they also eat a lot of nuts, they tend to consume a lot of healthful fats that are good for the skin. And, with the huge amount of fiber that they consume everyday, they do not have problems with eliminating body waste because their digestive tracts are functioning efficiently.
Lower Cancer Risks
In 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund reported that the risks of having cancer is lowered significantly by increased daily intake of legumes and vegetables and fruits. In fact, several studies all over the world also showed that eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis could significantly lower a person's risk of cancer, particularly epithelial cancers. Decreasing one's consumption of foods that are high in sugar and start can also significantly lessen chances of getting cancer.
Since the diet of vegetarians is mostly composed of raw vegetables, fruits and whole grains, there is also a big probability that they will not have any problem with obesity. Vegetarians who eat well-balanced, high fiber and low fat meals significantly lower their risks of developing serous diseases like hypertension, coronary diseases and diabetes.
Since vegetarians love to eat foods containing antioxidants, phytochemicals and other healthy ingredients, they have better metabolism rates which aids in weight loss and develop stronger immune systems.
Are you thinking of becoming vegetarian?
Studies conducted worldwide showed that vegetarians live around seven years longer than meat-eating people. This is probably due to the fact that they have healthier bodies and lesser risks of developing chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart problems.
© 2007 Shanti Rose