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Everything You Need To Know About Vegetarian Diets And Why It's Best For The Environment Too

By Sai , Dec 06, 2016 03:43 AM EST
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recently highlighted the importance and health benefits of opting for a vegetarian diet. Experts say that having this kind of a diet meal plan is more likely seen to be reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, compared with non-vegetarian diets.The study has been presented and has been recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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According to reports revealed by Medical News Today, the Academy has highly emphasized that an "appropriately planned" vegetarian or vegan diet is suitable for "all stages of the life cycle," and adopting such diets in childhood can reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life. Allegedly, a survey conducted by The Vegetarian Resource Group has shown that around 3.3 percent of adults in the United States are found to be vegetarian.

Furthermore, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vandana Sheth has claimed that those people who adopt vegetarian diets have lower body mass indexes (BMIs), better control of blood pressure and blood glucose, less inflammation and lower cholesterol levels compared with non-vegetarians.

Meanwhile, Meddy Bear has also added that there are a number of studies have hailed the health benefits of a plant-based diet, which include a lower risk of obesity and diabetes. However, some studies have suggested that vegetarian diets may do more harm than good. The study authors have further added that as far as the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet is concerned, a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent and 50 percent, respectively. Ultimately, the researchers have concluded that as compared to omnivorous diets, vegetarian diets can protect our health and the environment.

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