Living a vegetarian lifestyle is not uncommon these days. More and more people are finding that it is a lot healthier to cut meat out of their diets. It is healthier, if you know how to plan your meals accordingly so you still get the nutrients your body needs.
Meat has a lot of good nutrition in it, but it also has a lot of saturated fat and harmful chemicals from the pesticide-filled food that the animals eat. Studies have shown that those on a vegetarian diet tend to have lower cholesterol, healthier weight, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop heart disease. It has also been shown that those who don't eat meat have a lower risk of developing certain types of cancers.
It is a common concern that vegetarians do not get the nutrients they need that are found in meat. This is not true. The vitamins and minerals found in meat can be found in all sorts of other plant based foods. A lot of other whole foods contain the same nutrients that are found in meat such as protein and iron. These can be found in vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products.
It is not hard to live a vegetarian lifestyle. Many restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan style meals. You will quickly learn the places you can eat that offer food that you can eat. A great benefit of a vegetarian diet you will find is that you will tend of avoid eating fast food. Most fast food chains don't have many meatless options on their menu, but when they do it is often healthier choices such as a salad or baked potato. By choosing a healthier choice like this, you will find yourself consuming less calories and fat with the added bonus of getting more nutrients.
As a country we have been taught that we must eat meat to stay healthy. As you can see from this article, this is false. Not only is it healthier, but it is also a great way to lose weight and keep it off. You can live a healthier lifestyle by following a vegetarian diet.
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