Vegetarians are actually less likely to develop conditions associated with heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to a recently released study. Researchers tested for five different risks: high blood pressure, high HDL cholesterol, high glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, and unhealthy waist circumference. To balance out the results, researchers even adjusted for factors such as age, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity.
More simply put, those who eat meat less than once a month have a 36% lower chance of experiencing syndromes that foreshadow heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. This follows a 2008 study released by the German Cancer Research Center that found a vegetarian diet to lower risk of early death by 50% for men and 30% for women!
Many people argue that we are genetically and biologically disposed to eating large amounts of meat - the cavemen were meat-eaters as were the innovators of ancient China and the Renaissance. But today we are lucky enough to have life expectancies two to three times higher than in any one of those contexts. Although we face a sometimes overwhelming amount of food choices on a constant basis, if you're armed with the facts, you can make the best decisions for the health of you and your family.
Try eating vegetarian at least once a week.Â Here are some delicious vegetarian recipes to get you started: