More than seven million Americans consider themselves vegetarians and an additional twenty-two million say they’re on a vegetarian diet. Whether it’s for nutritional, environmental, or health reasons, scientists have found a lot of benefits of following a vegetarian diet. Studies have found that people on a vegetarian diet have a lower risk of heart disease, among other illnesses. However, if you’re contemplating a vegetarian diet, you must be aware of all the foods you aren’t eating—like meat and poultry—and get their vitamins and nutrients from somewhere else. The information in this section will help you be on your way to a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle!
Newest Articles in Vegetarianism

Why Vegans Are Skinnier Than Non-Vegans

By | Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

There has always been a presumption that veganism is a healthier alternative compared to non-vegan diets. Some research has found that diets with less animal fat and more vegetables, whole grains, fruit, legumes, and fat from plant sources lead to fewer cases of heart disease and cancer. Now, a new study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is arguing that vegans definitely have one advantage compared to non-vegans: they are more likely to be skinnier, despite the fact that they ate the same amount of calories as non-vegans. The study shows, again, what many health … Read More

6 Different Types of Vegetarianisms You Haven’t Heard About

By | Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”—  Albert Einstein

Vegetarianism is widely known to have several benefits. Concerning health and chronic degenerative diseases, those who practice a vegetarian lifestyle reduce the risk of obesity, coronary artery diseases, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and certain types of cancer such as breast, colon, prostate, uterus, stomach, esophageal, and lung.

If I had to describe vegetarianism’s effect on your body, I’d say it makes you feel great on a physical level.

Since I’ve … Read More

Help! What Do I Cook for My Vegetarian Guests?

By | Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Between allergies and food preferences, it might feel like you need a thick notebook to record your family’s food needs. And even the thought of inviting all your kids home for the holidays gives you a headache: how will you prepare food for so many different people’s food needs?

Well, in this series, we’ve prepared some easy meal ideas for your vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/kosher/halal/dairy-free relatives. Say goodbye to the headache and hello to easy planning!

Vegetarian Meal Idea #1: Chickpea Salad

When preparing food for vegetarians, you really want to make sure that you have a dish comprised of protein with veggies. … Read More

Can This Diet Make You Live Longer?

By | Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

For years, people have wondered—and researchers have studied—if the vegetarian lifestyle had any positive health effects. Countless studies have been written, but the latest study is one of the largest, reporting that there is a benefit to the vegetarian diet: it might just make you live longer.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was a large observational study which followed 73,000 people for six years. During this time, the researchers looked at the type of diet the participants were consuming and their rate and cause of death. They found that the people eating a vegetarian diet had a 12% … Read More

Busting the Myth of the Vegetarian Anemic

By | Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

When you decide to become a vegetarian, there is a lot to consider. “How will this vegetarian lifestyle affect me and my health?” “Will I still be getting the nutrients I need?” “Will I actually be healthier?”

Well, one major problem that vegetarians have is that, by not eating poultry and meat products, they eat fewer iron-rich foods. Having low iron, or “anemia,” can make you feel sluggish and tired, and like you have no energy to do the things you normally love to do.

Does the Vegetarian Lifestyle Have More Health Risks?

A 2012 study of female vegetarian students … Read More