7 Health Reasons To Become Vegetarian
If you were to ask a dozen people why they don’t eat meat, you’d likely get a dozen different answers. Some people have a moral objection to killing animals for food, while others may be concerned about livestock’s environmental impact. Some are afraid of the health consequences of meat consumption. And many don’t like the taste. But despite the many reasons for becoming a vegetarian, there are several good health reasons why you might want to consider becoming one.
1. Reduce heart disease
A vegetarian diet can help prevent and treat heart disease. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease. Vegetarians have a lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians, and a vegetarian diet has the potential to significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease. You must get plenty of fiber in your diet as well as vitamin B12. Fiber can eliminate many health problems, including certain types of cancer.
2. Weight loss
The number one health reason to become a vegetarian is that it will help you lose weight. This is because plant food contains a lot of water, which makes it feel more like a liquid, and it reduces the number of calories you take in. This is especially true when you eat grains, which contain a lot of calories. When you eat grains, it will reduce your calorie intake by eating other less unhealthy foods. Not only will you reap the heart-healthy benefits of eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, but you’ll also be following a diet that’s known to help you lose weight.
3. Slow aging
No matter how well you eat, your body stillages. However, the age at which different parts slow down is affected by lifestyle choices such as diet. Vegetarians tend to live healthier lifestyles than non-vegetarians, making them less likely to develop health conditions linked with aging, such as heart disease and cancer. The concept behind eating a vegetarian diet is that there are fewer calories and fewer fat grams in the vegetarian diet than in a non-vegetarian diet. Studies have shown that a diet free of meat lowers your risk of many kinds of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other diseases. You need to keep in mind a few things if you’re interested in eating a vegetarian diet to slow aging.
The first thing to understand is that you need to eat a lot of vegetables, preferably raw. Eating raw fruits and vegetables can help lower cholesterol and slow down your arteries’ oxidation process. Excessive oxidation can cause your arteries to harden and become plaque-filled, increasing your risk of heart disease and other diseases.
4. Avoid contaminants
Depending on where you live, meat producers may have sprayed the carcasses of slaughtered animals with all sorts of nasty substances to kill bacteria. This is great for ensuring that you don’t get sick from the bacteria but terrible for other aspects of your health. It doesn’t matter what variety of food you eat, but if you eat food at all, chances are you’re eating food that contains hormones. It’s those pesky little molecules that make us grow and develop, but have you ever thought about what happens to the hormones after you eat them? Well, they travel through your bloodstream and can affect the way our bodies work in several ways.
They are powerful substances that can change the way your body functions. As hormones can profoundly affect your health, it’s essential to know which foods contain them. For example, most commercially raised beef cattle in the United States are given hormones to increase their growth and reduce the amount of feed they need. These hormones, such as estrogen, are then passed on to those who eat the meat. Research shows that hormones in meat may play a role in developing certain cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer.
Hormones can also be found in meat from animals such as cattle, pigs, and chickens. Some people believe hormones in meat can affect humans: causing cancer, early puberty, and even reproductive problems. These compounds are used to increase beef cattle growth, and they may have the same effect in people who consume steroidal estrogens.
5. Save money
High-quality meat is only going to become more and more expensive as time goes on, and as a result, a vegetarian diet is increasingly becoming more popular. Due to the demands of life on our paychecks, we are all attempting to get more from less. The vegetarian lifestyle is well suited to provide you with an extremely healthy diet while also saving you money. Opting for organic veggies doesn’t have to be overly expensive either, and it is often cheaper than meat on a cost per weight basis.
If you wanted to save money and have space, you can grow your food, including the staples of:
- Assorted herbs
- Various fruits
You can even keep some chickens to get eggs if you have sufficient space for them to roam around (not so useful if you live in the middle of a city, though). Another critical thing to understand is that your vegetarian diet is not at all bland! You can find a wide variety of interesting vegetarian dishes that will make your mealtime exciting and exciting. The spices and flavor combinations that you can get with your meals are second to none. The best part is, you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy healthy, good tasting food. You can make your meals in your own home and enjoy them at any time of the day or night. You can find lots of great recipes online, such as this healthy recipe by corrie cooks. You can try different chefs’ recipes, watch videos of food lovers, read cooking books, listen to audiobooks, etc. There is a massive abundance of healthy recipes to discover.
6. Help the environment
While health reasons to become a vegetarian are numerous, the most important reason is the planet’s need for natural resources. The non-human creatures on this planet have relied upon animals for food, shelter, and assistance for thousands of years. As people, we are just beginning to recognize the need and want to contribute to this world’s abundance. If everyone chose to become a vegetarian, we could save many lives and help save the planet from extinction. Farming animals for their meat is also incredibly water-intensive. It is reported that it takes between 5,000 and 20,000 liters of water to get 1kg of meat. On the other hand, wheat only needs around 500 and 4,000 liters of water to grow 1 kg.
This is because the vegetables and grains only require water directly, whereas the water consumption is higher for meat because it takes into account the water needed not only for the animals but also to grow their feed. All of this is not to mention the vast amounts of Methane; a potent greenhouse gas released each day by farmed animals.
7. More energy
Vegetables contain large amounts of very high-quality carbohydrates, which gives us the energy we need to keep going. By consuming many different vegetables and grains, you will find that you have increased energy levels throughout the day. It is essential to mix up the types of food you eat because some will have slow releasing energy while others will give you a quick spurt of energy.
Becoming vegetarian need not be a hassle and has numerous health benefits. Even leaving aside the obvious health benefits, there is an economic and moral sense to stop eating meat.
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