Is a vegan or vegetarian diet the healthiest diet you can follow? Researchers, doctors, celebrities and the health conscious routinely argue its pluses and minuses… it can be very confusing! Relax, and allow the following 10 facts outline some of the definitive benefits of following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
1. Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Diseases
Vegetarians experience chronic diseases less frequently than their non-vegetarian counterparts, according to one recent cross sectional study. Researchers compared responses from 97 vegetarians and 97 non-vegetarians. Significant differences existed between the two groups. Overall, the vegetarian group reported fewer instances of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and obesity.
2. Greater Protection From Diabetes
A multi year study of over 40,000 respondents included vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Based on the responses, diabetes occurred 4x more frequently in non-vegetarians than vegans, and twice as often as vegetarians who consume dairy. Overall, vegetarian-centered diets provided greater protection against diabetes for all respondents, regardless of ethnicity.