Like many, I didn't make the switch to vegetarianism to better my health. Instead, I chose to stop eating meat because of my love for animals. I couldn't fathom slaughtering and grilling up a beautiful, peaceful cow. What I didn't expect was so many changes in my own health. While I'm not a stick figure by any means, my blood draws always come back with outstanding results. So, why are vegetarians healthier than carnivores?We eat less saturated fat.
There are two main types of fats, saturated and unsaturated. While we can break it down further, let's just leave it at these two. In simple terms, saturated fats are bad fats, while unsaturated ones are good. We need fat in our diet, and vegetarians mainly get it from unsaturated foods, such as olive oil or avocados. Saturated fats are found in animal products. They tend to be high in cholesterol and make the blood sticky. Since some amounts of this bad fat are found in milk and cheese, vegetarians can also consume too much bad fat by overindulging. Vegans, on the other hand, have little to no saturated fat in their diet. The American Heart Association recommends that we limit out intake of saturated fat to under 16 grams a day. This is simple to accomplish on a vegetarian diet.
We eat more fiber.
Let's talk about a smelly subject - your bathroom habits. People should have a bowel movement at least once a day. Many, however, only drop a deuce once or twice a week. What's causing the backup? Constipation is usually due to lack of fiber. Foods that contain the most fiber are whole grains, fruits and vegetables. That sounds like a pretty standard vegetarian diet to me! Because vegetarians eat so much fiber, we are usually quite regular. Fiber also cleans out our arteries and other organs of the body. It's very important to living healthy. You won't find an ounce of fiber in a steak. If a carnivore complains about feeling bloated, suggest that they eat a big salad.
Of course, there are even more beneficial reasons to enjoy a vegetarian lifestyle, but these are the most basic. The next time your meat-eating friend claims that Kentucky Fried Chicken is better for you than a vegetable plate, let them know about these health benefits.