Hey everybody! This post will be all about the pros of being vegetarian. This is a two part post and my next post will be all about the cons of being vegetarian :/. To start things off, having a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because a vegetarian diet usually consists of foods rich with antioxidants. Antioxidants can reduce the stress that is caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. To learn more about oxidative stress click here.
Another pro would be that vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol. There is no health benefit at all to eating animal fat, yet people continue to do it and it increases you chances of having high cholesterol. Once you remove these animal fats form your diet, then you also remove the effects it will have on you later in your life. To learn more about the benefits of a vegetarian diet for high cholesterol click here.
Vegetarian diets also helps build healthy bones because they consume more calcium. Meat contains a high amount of renal acid which the body must neutralize by leaking calcium from bones. This calcium is then passed through urine and lost. Vegetarians usually eat tofu, kale, spinach and collard greens and these are all high in calcium. Without eating meat, no calcium will be lost since the renal acid won’t be there. To learn more about the importance of calcium in your diet click here.
Lastly, a vegetarian diet conserves water. It takes about 2.500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, and about 660 gallons of water to produce a bound of chicken. It only takes about 220 gallons of water to produce a pound of tofu and about 180 gallons to produce a pond of wheat flour.
I hope from what you’ve learned today it will make you consider changing your diet! see you next time! :,)