8 Great Reasons That Vegetarian Diet Benefit Your Health
“Vegetarian diets leave a lighter carbon footprint,” said report author Susan Levin, according to HealthDay. “The evidence has become really hard to ignore.”
Embracing a plant-based diet can benefit your health and the planet greatly. We’ve listed eight advantages that come along with vegetarian meals.
- By eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables, the world could avoid several million deaths per year by 2050.
- Animal-free nourishment is naturally anti-inflammatory — it’s generally high in fiber, antioxidants and other phytonutrients, according to Forks over Knives.
- Vegetarians and vegans tend to weigh less.
- Studies show that vegetarians generally have lower risks of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the report from the AND.
- Research shows that Type 2 diabetes goes hand-in-hand with consuming a lot of animal protein, especially red and processed meat. Astonishingly, omnivores who ate meat once a week or more over a 17-year period had a 74 percent higher risk of diabetes.
- The AND report also revealed that plant-based diets can also lower risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers — including those of the prostate and gastrointestinal tract.
- When it comes to climate change, adopting vegetarian diets would cut food-related emissions by 63 percent, and vegan diets would cut them by 70 percent, The Guardian
- It takes far fewer resources — land, water, fuel and fertilizer — to produce a pound of kidney beans than a pound of beef, according to AND’s report.
Source: Melina V, Craig W, Levin S. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016.