For the longest time, vegetarians were considered to be low on nutrients and various other vitamins and proteins. It was assumed that there are very few sources of proteins for vegetarians. But with the advent of veganism and increased consciousness for fitness, vegetarians have a whole new as well as a variety of options to pick from!
According to a study named- ‘Vegetarian diets: what are the advantages?’, published in the journal of ‘Forum of Nutrition’, “A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that wholesome vegetarian diets offer distinct advantages compared to diets containing meat and other foods of animal origin. The benefits arise from lower intakes of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher intakes of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C and E, carotenoids and other phytochemicals.”
If you are someone who thought vegetarians have very little to pick from, here are 5 reasons to go vegetarian:
- Prevention of diseases: Various researches and studies done recently have enumerated the fact that eating a wholesome and balanced vegetarian meal would aid in preventing a host of diseases. According to the aforementioned study, “Well-balanced vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly and competitive athletes. In most cases, vegetarian diets are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, renal disease, and dementia, as well as diverticular disease, gallstones, and rheumatoid arthritis.”
- Improved metabolism: Do we really need to stress on this point? Vegetarian food items, generally are plant-based and hence, easier to digest than non-vegetarian food items.
- Weight-management: When you have a diet filled with vegetables and plant-based products, you are ideally consuming a lot of fiber. This diet also contains legumes, whole grains, and vegetables. Dietary fiber helps a great deal in losing weight as well as managing weight.
- Reduces the risk of cataract development: According to research conducted by the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, there is a negative effect on your eye while you consume non-vegetarian food. The cataract development is the least in vegans and highest in vegetarians.
- Lowers blood pressure: Shreds of research have found that consuming vegetarian food helps in controlling the blood pressure. However, there are very little researches that find the exact reason for the same.
1: Leitzmann C. Vegetarian diets: what are the advantages? Forum Nutr.2005;(57):147-56. Review. PubMed PMID: 15702597.