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Compelling Reasons to Switch to Vegetarian Diet

vegetarian dietIt is common knowledge that vegetarians and those who consume healthy plant-based diets enjoy more robust health. Yet, science never stopped from discovering what makes certain diets or vegetables special. Contrary to claims that vegetarians can run the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies, many studies repeatedly proved that a well-planned vegetarian diet can meet basic nutritional needs.

Vegetarian Diet vs. Colon Cancer

To stay benefiting from your vegetarian diet, it is suggested that you learn more about plant-based diets. One article that may just pique your interest is an article video by Jamal Andress in Newsy entitled Here’s One More Reason To Be A Vegetarian that says sticking to a vegetarian diet can lower the risk for colon cancer by 20 percent.

“A new study says a vegetarian diet can cut your risk of colon cancer by 20 percent compared to non vegetarians, and if you add fish to that veggie diet — making you a pesco-vegetarian — that number jumps to 43 percent.

Note that colon cancer is a huge problem anywhere in the world. In developed nations where people have an access to cheap meats, it is even a bigger problem. For instance, in the United States alone, more than 50,000 people with colon cancer are expected to die each year (American Cancer Society). It’s a pity considering that simply eating more vegetables can reduce that risk and statistics.

According to the study’s lead researcher, there will be at least two follow-up papers examining if a vegetarian diet can also lower the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

More Science-backed Reasons to Eat Veggies

What else do you need to be convinced that going vegetarian is the best diet for you? Here are other scientific studies further provide you more reasons to make the shift to a vegetarian diet:

Vegetarian Diets and Blood Pressure (Source: The JAMA Network Journals)

According to Vegetarian diets associated with lower blood pressure. “Eating a vegetarian diet appears to be associated with lower blood pressure, and the diets can also be used to reduce blood pressure.

The diet can increase or lower the risk along with some other factors such as level of physical activity, body weight and alcohol intake. A change in the diet has been proven to strongly affect the development of hypertension.

Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality (Source: Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine)

For you on a vegetarian diet or considering making the shift, the good news is: Vegetarian diets associated with lower risk of death.  The report says, “Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced death rates in a study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists with more favorable results for men than women.”

The lower mortality rate is believed to be strongly related to the lowering in the risks of several death-causing chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and metabolic syndrome

Vegetarian Diets Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases (Source: American Dietetic Association)

The American Dietetic Association has spoken. “Vegetarian Diets Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases” says “…vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.”

The revised report included new topics and information concerning “key nutrients for vegetarians, vegetarian diets in the life cycle and the use of vegetarian diets in prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.” It emphasized the numerous health benefits, particularly against high blood cholesterol, heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Vegetarian Compared with Meat Dietary Protein Source and Phosphorus Homeostasis in Chronic Kidney Disease (Source: American Society of Nephrology)

This study Kidney disease patients: Vegetarian diet lowers blood and urine phosphorus levels strongly suggests how “eating vegetables rather than meat can help kidney disease patients avoid accumulating toxic levels of this mineral in their bodies.”

People suffering from a potential or current kidney disorder can safely get rid of phosphorus by simply sticking to a vegetarian diet. Phosphorus is particularly elevated in dietary proteins, a common food addition or extender. Unfortunately, phosphorus content is not required to be listed on food labels. Thus, this is an important concern for diabetic patients and those with renal problems.

These studies provide you compelling reasons to switch to the healthy vegetarian or, at least a semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet that includes fish, meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs occasionally in small quantities. Do you need more reasons to be convinced that a vegetarian diet is the best way to fight common metabolic and age-related diseases?

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