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Benefits You Can Get From A Vegetarian Lifestyle

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    A vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat. Studies have demonstrated that vegetarians are much less likely to become obese than those who are not
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 12, 2006
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      A vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat. Studies have
      demonstrated that vegetarians are much less likely to become obese
      than those who are not on a vegetarian diet. <br>
      According to the Surgeon General, about 300,000 Americans die each
      year of obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, hypertension,
      kidney disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and adult-onset diabetes.<br>
      A vegetarian diet fights against cancer, including gender-related
      cancers such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, and prostate cancer.
      Studies have shown that the death rate from cancer is much lower for
      those on a vegetarian diet than it is for those in the general
      population. <br>
      Also vegetarians have a stronger immune system, possibly because of
      the higher number of vitamins that can be found in vegetables,
      grains, and legumes. Plus, fiber-rich vegetarian diets may reduce the
      risk of cancers of the digestive organs.<br>
      A vegetarian diet helps fight against heart disease. Eating foods
      high in fiber and complex carbohydrates can reduce the risk of heart
      disease. Animal proteins raise cholesterol levels while plant-based
      proteins reduce them. <br>
      A vegetarian diet helps you avoid some illnesses caused by e coli,
      salmonella and listeria - which are the most virulent forms of food-
      borne illnesses. Most of these food-borne illnesses are related to
      contaminated meat. <br>
      Approx. 750,000 Americans go to hospitals each year because of them
      and that doesn't count the unreported cases. It is believed that
      about 5,000 people die yearly because of these illnesses. <br>
      Weight control: On a balanced vegetarian diet one can very easily
      lose weight and stay fit. Grains, legumes, many types of vegetables,
      and soy foods contain little or no fat. Plus, they provide a feeling
      of fullness which keeps the body fueled and satisfied for hours.<br>
      Economy: As far as money is concerned, it's much cheaper to buy
      vegetarian food than quality meats and fish. Those who give up on
      meat discover a new world of diverse foods which is not only fun and
      appetizing but also a healthful way to eat, and ensures a balance of
      essential nutrients.<br>
      Ecology: Eating "low on the food chain" is not only healthy - due to
      the reduction of pesticide and animal antibiotic residue you will be
      ingesting - but it is also good for the planet as livestock depletes
      enormous land and water resources. Consider this: Each year raising
      livestock contributes to the loss of millions of tons of topsoil,
      which is irreplaceable. One needs 390 gallons of water to produce a
      pound of beef while a pound of wheat needs 25 gallons of water Also,
      livestock produce massive amounts of excrement, which has been shown
      to pollute soil, water, and the air.<br>
      Compassion: One of the cruelest practices imaginable is animal
      agribusiness since millions of creatures are subjected to
      confinement, overcrowding and disfigurement only to face an equally
      cruel demise in the slaughterhouse. A primarily plant-based diet is a
      more humane way to enjoy the fruits of the earth.<br>
      Good company: Distinguished figures such as Pythagorus, Leonardo da
      Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Charles Darwin,
      George Bernard Shaw have not only practiced the vegetarian way of
      life but also promoted it.<br>
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