Beginning with the promotion of Meatless Mondays there has been a push to encourage people to eat vegetarian foods more frequently. This doesn’t mean you have to go vegan, however, there are many benefits to including vegetarian meals in your diet. Here are our top ten reasons to choose vegetarian.
10. Vanity: Consuming fruits and vegetables can improve skin colour; the better our skin colour the healthier and more attractive we appear. Whitehead RD, et al. Am J Public Health 2012; 102:207-11.
9. Weight Control: Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in calories, higher in fibre and increase metabolism. It’s no surprise that vegetarians weigh less than meat eaters. Farmer B, et al. J Am Diet Assoc 2011; 111:819-27.
8. Nutritious: Vegetarians eat more fibre, vitamins A, C, E, folate, calcium and less sodium. Vegetarian diets have more nutrients packed into fewer calories! Farmer B, et al . J Am Diet Assoc 2011; 111:819-27.
7. Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Vegetarians have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. McEvoy CT, et al. Public Health Nutr 2012; 3:1-8.
6. Longer Life Expectancy: People who eat a vegetarian diet tend to live longer than meat eaters, especially those that frequently eat red meat. Fraser GE. Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 89:1607S-1612S.
5. Environmental: Raising animals for food requires more space, resources and produces greenhouse gases. Ogden L. Vegetarian Times, 2012.
4. Less Expensive: Eating vegetarian often costs less than eating meat products on a regular basis.
3. Lower Risk of Cancer: High intakes of meat products are associated with increased risk of cancer; whereas, vegetables lower your risk. McEvoy CT, et al. Public Health Nutr 2012; 3:1-8.
2. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease and strokes. Craig WJ. Nutr Clin Pract 2010; 5:613-20.
If you are looking for some inspiration, look no further than some of the great vegetarian cookbooks out there. Our favourites include Rebar: modern food cookbook and anything from the Moosewood series.