Nutrition
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Vegetarian

Lesson 4 Chapter 2

Why Pick A Vegetarian Food Plan?

1

Better Mood

Research has revealed that vegetarians may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. According to studies, vegetarians have lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.

There is an element of freshness to most vegetarian dishes, especially when it comes to organic produce – so this is bound to purify your mind and keep thoughts positive.

2

Fighting disease

When done right, vegetarian diets are naturally low in saturated fats and cholesterol. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and data suggests vegetarians suffer less disease caused by a modern Western diet (e.g., coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others). Why? This can be attributed to a higher intake of fibre, phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids.

3

Lean Figure

A bonus to sticking to a vegetarian diet is the positive effect it has on your figure. Vegetarians typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Vegetarians are also generally more aware of healthy food and tend to eat better.

4

Less toxicity

The vegetarian diet, especially organically, is much purer and far less toxic.  Food-born illnesses, bacteria, parasites, and chemical toxins are more common in commercial meat, poultry, and seafood when compared with plant foods (particularly organic fruits and vegetables). As a rule, vegetarians also tend to eat less processed food.

5

Sight and skin

As well as keeping the figure desirable, vegetarians tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration and all that extra collagen leads to better skin – what more could you want?

6

Stay fuller for longer

A vegetarian diet is more filling than a typical Western one, as it has a lot more fibre and is very nutrient less.  So you eat less and stay full for longer.

7

Better athletic performance

While most active individuals focus on protein intake, they should instead follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance according.  Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian sportsmen continues to rise. Lewis Hamilton, for example, has gone vegan while boxer David Haye has embraced the diet recently as well.

8

Longevity

Vegetarians have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.  


Vegetarian diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming a the correct amounts of proteins in other forms.

  • Protein is made up of small parts called amino acids, which aid your metabolism and help to keep you muscles, skin and organs healthy.
  • Eggs are a great source of proteins for vegetarians, and are often used as a breakfast option for athletes – especially boxers. Vegan options include nuts, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes.
  • Iron is another key nutrient and plays a crucial role in the production of red blood cells. These can help to carry oxygen throughout your body. Good sources of iron include beans, broccoli, raisins, wheat and tofu.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids improve your heart health and brain function. Flaxseed meal and oil are two good vegetarian sources of omega-3. You can also look to plant sources.
  • Zinc is vital to our immune system. A lot of cheeses contain zinc, but you can also find it in beans, nuts and soy products which contain fewer calories.
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