A meatless diet offers benefits such as lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of heart disease and hypertension. A new paper offers revised information on how vegetarianism provides extra intake of vitamins D and K for bone health, indicating that they may help prevent osteoporosis.
While giving up meat is extremely unappealing to some people, the latest research indicates that many could benefit from switching to a vegetarian diet.
This paper, published by the American Dietitian Association, reveals that a vegetarian diet may help prevent some diseases such as cancer, heart disease and obesity in both adults and children.
The report was written by Dr Winston Craig of Andrews University, and he further explained the positive outcomes for those following a vegeterian diet.
"Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytochemicals," he wrote, concluding that nutritional differences may explain some of the health advantages experienced by those following a varied, balanced vegetarian diet.
He further explained that dietitians can help their clients by providing this kind of information and encouraging them to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their meal plans, eliminating some meat for other forms of protein.