The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet!

by / Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Published in Health News

There are many reasons why people choose a vegetarian lifestyle.  From hoping to heal a specific health condition to seeking to avoid some of the dangers known to exist in many food manufacturing methods or simply dieting and seeking a healthier lifestyle.  However, many have said that such a lifestyle can lead to a detrimental depletion of certain nutrients and as such, they advocate consumption of meat products.  However, a new study shows that a vegetarian lifestyle does indeed have benefits that not only lead to longevity, but that can help the environment, reinforcing what many vegetarians have embraced all along.

From research vegetarians lived longer and that their way of eating helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The study found that the mortality rate for non-vegetarians was almost 20 percent higher than vegetarians and semi-vegetarians.

Considering that meat consumption illnesses in the United States are approximately $30-60 billion in medical costs yearly, the findings make sense. Everything from foodborne illnesses to its association with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes has been attributed to meat consumption.

Other studies have unearthed a correlation between a diet rich in plant-based foods and a reduction in cancer rates, as well as lowered cholesterol levels.  The study also found that switching from non-vegetarian diets to vegetarian diets or even semi-vegetarian diets plays a role in reducing greenhouse emissions. Quite simply, vegetarian diets resulted in almost one-third less emissions compared to the non-vegetarian diets, indicating that shifting from animal-based food diets may lead to improvements in areas such as the long-term effects of climate change.

By not eating animal-based foods, everything from water pollutants (due to animal waste) and deforestation, to depletion of certain wildlife species and excessive methane production can be prevented.

The diets people choose have a direct impact not only on their immediate and long-term health, but on the overall health of the planet as well.  One of our chiropractors, Dr. Trabulsi says to avoid too many carbs when beginning a vegetarian diet.

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