Dispelling the Myths of Vegetarianism
Myth 1: Vegetarianism is unhealthy.
This is a very popular myth. I know I hear it often since many people associate meat with necessary nutrients important for health. However, this is not the case. In fact, the position of the American Dietetic Association is that a planned vegetarian diet is healthy and can actually prevent and treat diseases (1). What exactly can the vegetarian diet do for us?
Vegetarians have been shown to get twice the amount of fiber in their diet than non-vegetarians (4). Fiber is essential to the diet because it helps move things along in the digestive tract. Enough fiber reduces the risk of constipation, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. High fiber diets have also been linked to lower obesity levels, blood sugar levels, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Surprise! Vegetarians get enough but not too much of protein, which promotes a healthy body. Too much protein—and we are not talking body-building levels, but the average American intake—causes more wear on the kidneys and a higher risk of heart disease.
Phew! That's a lot of health benefits already, yet there are even more:
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