As a population group, there have been studies conducted that showcase non-meat eaters to be more health conscious than meat eaters. This doesn’t mean that one choice is better than the other, as each individual needs to make a choice based on their own health needs and personal beliefs.
A vegetarian diet restricts the consumption of animals, which means you don’t eat meat, but you may eat other animal products such as eggs or dairy. Vegan meals are the most restrictive of vegetarian styles of eating, with the consumption of no animal products or by-products whatsoever.
What are some health benefits of choosing a vegetarian or vegan diet
You may become more physically active than meat eaters
You will likely need to utilise nutritional supplements
Could have a higher fibre intake
Could have a higher magnesium intake
Lower intake of saturated fat, with the average daily intake of saturated fat for a vegan being 21g compared to 54g for omnivores
Consume more fruit, more vegetables and more whole grains than meat eaters
Lower cholesterol and saturated fat intake
Higher polyunsaturated fat intake
Sodium intake is half that of a meat eater
A well-planned Vegan diet contains “living foods” such as fermented foods, germinated seeds, and sprouted grains. These foods positively contribute to the gut microbiome and have been shown to lessen risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Diet can be higher in antioxidants due to a higher intake of fruits and berries.
Raw vegan diets can improve pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies on vegetarian populations show they smoke less and drink less alcohol than omnivores.
A vegan diet improves the resting metabolic rate
Increased thermic effect of food
When looking at a diet to help weight loss, a vegan diet has significantly greater weight loss than other diets, especially when linked with a support group.
Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes as it improves insulin signalling.
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