On October 1, the world celebrated World Vegetarian Day and on October 2, World Farm Animals Day in the honour of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Azkka is committed to create awareness about health and virtuosity and so is the International Vegetarian Union which aims to ‘promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism’ and brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. So in this blog post, we are going to learn about 5 things that everyone must be aware about vegetarianism.
Several studies have shown that a vegetarian diet can bring down the risk of diabetes, chief amongst them are the studies by Loma Linda University School of Public Health and George Washington University School of Medicine. The latter confirmed that a vegetarian diet can reduce the chances of developing diabetes by a half and can offer significant health benefits.
Vegetarian diets are rich in anti-oxidants – leeks, eggplants, red pepper, carrots, spinach, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli, corn and onions are just to name a few. These antioxidants can reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress, including atherosclerosis. JCU University Skin Cancer Research Clinic established the relationship between vegetarian diet and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Meat, eggs and dairy products contain large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fats, which can lead to clogging of arteries. One of the most important health benefits of a vegetarian diet is that it contains no cholesterol. What’s more, plants contain high amount of fibre which actually helps clean the digestive tract and remove excess cholesterol. A study published in PubMed established that Long-term vegetarians have low oxidative stress, body fat, and cholesterol levels.
If you are prone to cardiovascular diseases, you might want to become a vegetarian as it is your best option. However, if you have been a hard core non-vegetarian, you might think it difficult. Well, let us assure you, sticking to a vegetarian diet is neither a punishment and nor difficult. Give yourself a 3-month trial and try these tasty vegetarian recipes.