More than seven million Americans consider themselves vegetarians and an additional 22 million say they’re on a vegetarian diet. Whether it’s for nutritional, environmental, or moral reasons, following a vegetarian diet has many benefits. For example, studies have found that people on vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease. However, if you’re contemplating trying a vegetarian diet, you also need to be aware of the nutrients you’ll be missing, so you’ll have to get them from somewhere else. The information in this section will help you toward a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle!
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, … Read More
“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.
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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
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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 … Read More
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 … Read More