- by Dr Sheetal Chhabria
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- Dec 23 2017
ADVANTAGES OF A VEGETARIAN DIET
If you thought a vegetarian diet should only be followed for ethical and environmental reasons, you have to know the numerous health benefits that comes out of a vegetarian diet.
A nutritional, fiber rich vegetarian diet goes a long way in ensuring good health to those who practice it.
Let’s look at the advantages of a vegetarian diet.
- IMPROVES COLON HEALTH
A vegetarian diet helps maintain a healthy colon by improving the amount of good bacteria in it. Vegetarian diet is rich in fibres that promotes these healthy bacteria. The risk of colon cancer and constipation will reduce for a person on a high fiber vegetarian diet.
- IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
A vegetarian diet rich in potassium and dietary fibres that includes vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains; helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, aiding in the prevention of heart disease.
- REDUCES RISK OF KIDNEY STONES
Animal proteins make the body excrete calcium, oxalate and uric acid, which are the major components of kidney stones. A diet rich in animal protein may put you at a greater risk of kidney stones than a vegetarian diet.
- REDUCES RISK OF CANCER
Vegetarians are at a lesser chance of developing cancer as the chances of contamination among meat eaters are high. Non-vegetarian diets contain toxic materials, steroids and carcinogens that do not get removed even after cooking.
- LOWERS RISK OF DIABETES
Consumption of meat and processed meat increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes while a vegetarian diet rich in whole grains, nuts and fibres improves the glycaemic control in people who have diabetes.
- WEIGHT LOSS
A vegetarian diet that is high in fiber and low in fat, helps to reduce weight and prevents one from putting on extra pounds unlike a high fat non-vegetarian diet.
It must be noted that vegetarian diet should be fat free and rich in all the important nutrients. A vegetarian diet has its shortcomings as it may not be enough to meet the nutrition requirements for everyone. Therefore it’s important that we consume enough protein, zinc and iron from other sources to make up for the absence of meat.
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