I suppose you have heard about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and the negative effects that are brought by eating meat. Nowadays, there are many people who gave up eating meat and share all the amazing things that will come to you if you quit meat as well. This makes many people to start plant-based diets.
This is common because of many different reasons, but most often for losing weight, lowering the risk of heart disease, improving energy, etc.
Continue reading if you want to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet.
- Losing some weight
The general obesity rate in vegetarians is much lower. However, the calories in vegetarians and people who eat meat is similar, but the obesity rate is higher in people who eat meat. In addition, people who eat meat have the highest intake of fatty acids that are linked with heart disease and the lower intake of beta carotene, magnesium, fiber, and plant proteins. The diet of vegetarians is beneficial for losing some pounds because it is low in fat, but rich in whole grains, fresh vegetables, and fruits.
- Reduced body inflammation
Consuming meat, processed food, and cheese can lead to a reduced body inflammation. Animal fat paralyze the arteries and their ability to open in lowered and the lungs are becoming inflamed. This kind of condition will cause diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease and cancer. Diets that are inflammatory are plant-based diets, because they are rich in antioxidants and plant fiber. Moreover, these diets include less compounds that trigger inflammation, such as endotoxins.
- Lower cholesterol levels
Animal products that are high in saturated fat are poultry, cheese, red meat, and other animal products. This is the main cause for high cholesterol levels. Consumption of this kind of food increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Studies have shown that vegetarians have lower risk of dying of heart disease. Moreover, it is scientifically proved that people who follow plant-based diets have reduced their cholesterol level by 35%.
- The risk of developing type 2 Diabetes is lowered
Plant-based diet can prevent and cure diabetes. This is scientifically proven. Several studies show that the intake of animal protein increases the risk of developing diabetes. Animal based iron, animal fat, and nitrate preservatives present in meat hurt pancreatic cells, cause weight loss, worsen inflammation, and increase the risk for type 2 diabetes.
- You can avoid toxic food contaminants
Contaminants, such as antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and hormones are present in animal protects and can cause many health problems. Eating contaminated meat is dangerous and can lead to food poisoning, symptoms like stomach cramps, organ failure and even death. If you decide to follow vegetarianism, you can protect yourself from dangerous viruses, parasites, and bacteria, but only if you eat fresh organic products.
- You will have an influence on our Planet’s health
Being a vegetarian and following a plant-based diet can have a positive impact on the environment as well. Raising animals for food uses surprising 30% of the Earth’s land mass and 70% of the grain fed in America is given to animals. This food can be given to people.
Moreover, up to 80% of the deforested land in Amazon is used at the moment as cattle posture. Comparing the resources used to produce one pound of animal protein and one pound of soy protein, it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel and 15 times as much water.
This means that changing your diet to a plant-based diet can help in saving water and other natural resources too, such as lowering the impact of rainforest devastation, pollution, and climate change.