There are lots of health advantages of a vegetarian diet. While many people lament the nutritional disadvantages of a poorly planned vegetarian diet, few stress the health advantages of adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The first major advantage of a vegetarian diet is increased heart health. Vegetarians typically consume more nuts to insure a good intake of protein. Nuts contain "good" fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6. This promotes good heart health by reducing "bad" cholesterol and unclogging arteries.
If heart disease runs in your family, this is a particularly important reason for giving up meat and adopting a vegetarian diet to promote good health.
In addition to nuts, vegetarians also consume more soy milk (often to replace milk), which reduces "bad"
cholesterol and has been linked to good heart health. Recently though, claims that soy milk reduces breast cancer have been proven false.
The second major advantage vegetarians enjoy is increased skin health. In addition to consuming larger quantities of nuts which contain healthful oils, vegetarians tend to consume more fruit and vegetables, which are rich in essential vitamins, including A and E, which are linked to good skin health.
The high amount of fiber found in fruits and vegetables also help to keep your digestive tract working efficiently. A clean colon helps to keep toxins flushed out of your body further contributing to better skin health.
The last health advantage vegetarians enjoy is an increased natural consumption of antioxidants. Antioxidants are foods that help prevent cancer by destroying free radicals. Vitamin C and Vitamin E, two
strong antioxidants, are commonly found in vegetarian meals.
Vitamin C can be found in berries, tomatoes, citrus fruit, kale, kiwis, asparagus and peppers.
Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ, seed oils, walnuts, almonds, and brown rice. These are all foods that are commonly a part of a well-balanced vegetarian diet.
So what does this all mean for you as a vegetarian?
It means the popular mythology about vegetarian diets is false. Not only can a vegetarian diet be nutritionally sufficient, but it can also give you better skin, help to prevent cancer, and increase your heart health.