Be Vegetarian, Enjoy Good Health! Well, this statement is only half true. You may be eating a Lacto-vegetarian diet or may be a vegan but if you are still consuming a diet that is high in fat & a sugar , it may not be as healthy as you think.
Like any other diet, to get adequate nutrition from vegetarian diets, it is very important to consume well-balanced & well planned meals. Scientific studies have shown that a well-planned vegetarian diet not only provide adequate nutrition for all ages including children, adolescent, pregnant & lactating women & elderly people but also have health benefits. Its very important to have a good balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein to get health benefits of vegetarian diet.
According to ADAs position appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
According to USDA dietary guideline for American people 2005, Vegetarians of all types can achieve recommended nutrient intakes through careful selection of foods. However they do recommend that vegetarian people not consuming milk and milk products should pay special attention to protein, iron, vitamin B12, calcium and vitamin D intake.
Vegetarian diets being low in saturated fats, cholesterol and animal protein and high in fiber and antioxidants, have been associated to provide various health benefits. Research studies have shown that usually vegetarians have lower body mass index, and are at lower risk for developing chronic degenerative diseases like coronary artery disease, hypertension, type II diabetes, obesity, prostrate, colon cancer, diverticular disease, renal disease, gall stones, rheumatoid arthiritis, renal disease and dementia.
Be vegetarian, keep your diet low in fat and sugar and enjoy good health !
Have a Healthy Day!