Vegetarianism, semi-vegetarians, flexitarians, lacto-ovo vegetarians, vegetarian lifestyle, heart, Food and Drug Administration, World Cancer Research Fund, dietary recommendations
Although many people believe that eating meat is part of a healthy diet, and eating this way is as nature intended, vegetarianism is a popular growing trend among many individuals who are attempting to improve their health. It is a difficult choice to make, and while there are many reasons to continue to eat meat, vegetarianism has given many people the ability to improve their health, while gaining energy and helping to curb animal cruelty. While there are many arguments that say forgoing meat will cause iron deficiency, it has also been proven that vegetarianism is good for the heart.
[...] However, there are many forms of vegetarianism, and it is quite simple to find a diet and meal plan that can conform to each individual need. There are vegans, who do not eat any animal products, such as meat, fish and poultry. They avoid eating foods that include animal by-products as well, meaning that they do not consume foods such as honey, dairy, and eggs. This is the strictest of all vegetarian diets, and is usually the hardest to achieve. In addition, there are also lacto-ovo vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. [...]
[...] Although one can achieve the desired intake of fruits and vegetables without being a vegetarian, it is evident that there are many advantages of the vegetarian diet. As acceptance for vegetarianism grows, as more restaurants find room on their menu for vegetarian selections, it becomes clear that the move for a healthier lifestyle is fast approaching. As recognition for vegetarianism grows, society benefits, as a whole. There is much work to be done, but it is very important to realize that vegetarianism, exercise, and a healthy diet do come together to produce healthier, more energized, active people. [...]
[...] However, eating healthy is not the only motivation behind a vegetarian lifestyle. There are many individuals across the globe that have decided to forgo meat as a boycott against the cruel treatment of animals. There are a number of societies that believe eating another animal is not kosher, or that eating meat is not only detrimental physically but emotionally as well. Taoists, for example, believe that eating meat is a sin, and that murdering an animal for food is not only cruel but against God's wishes. [...]
[...] There are many studies that suggest that a vegetarian diet is a good step to avoiding cardiac arrest and other various cardiovascular diseases. One way that a vegetarian diet is thought to protect against heart disease is the lower cholesterol levels seen in vegetarians. Raised cholesterol is widely recognized as a primary risk factor for heart disease and studies have consistently demonstrated serum cholesterol levels in vegetarians as being around lower than in non-vegetarians. This figure may result in a 20 to reduction in the incidence of heart disease. [...]
[...] This study has also found that when comparing Adventists and Mormons, prevalence of mild hypertension was to in the vegetarians, as compared to in the Adventist omnivores, and 10% in the Mormons” (Nutrition Review). While each culture follows different diets, and different traditions, it is clear that vegetarianism is healthier for the heart, and for the body. Although most of the studies discussed have focused on blood pressure and liability for stroke and heart attack, it has also been proven that vegetarianism is a safe way to lose body weight. According to the Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals, vegetarians are leaner and have lower body weight than non-vegetarians. [...]
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