There was a time when just the mere mention of the word, “vegetarian”, sent shivers up the spine of collective meat-eaters everywhere. Meatless diets were thought to consist of flavorless raw vegetables and ooey-gooey soy products that did nothing for the taste buds. Thankfully, times are changing. The best chefs in the world have devoted countless hours to creating delicious meatless options that even the most savage carnivore can enjoy. Plus, we’ve learned so much about the benefits of going meatless that it’s almost silly not to give it a try, at least for a day or two per week. Read on to learn more about vegetarianism and your health, plus three benefits of a plant-based diet.
Three Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet:
1. You’ll be More Likely to Maintain a Healthy Weight
A plant-based diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, and nuts. Those who stick to this diet regularly load up on the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients that their bodies need for optimal health. And at the same time, vegetarians tend to eat fewer calories and fat, making it much easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Vegetarians still need protein, too. Check out our List of Plant-Based Proteins.
2. You’ll Save Money
Why not bulk up your wallet as you trim your waistline? Plant-based foods, like fruits and vegetables, are far less expensive than even the cheapest cut of meat, saving you plenty of money in the long run.
3. You’ll be More Likely to Live Longer
If you still need a reason to take the plant-based plunge, how about increasing your life expectancy? Recent studies have shown that vegetarians have a lower rate of death due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and renal disorders. The infogram below from the folks at everydayhealth.com points out just how much of an impact the switch to a plant-heavy diet can have on your health.
Not sure if you’re ready to give up meat? Give our Meatless Mondays a try!
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