As a popular saying goes, “You are what you eat”. This is particularly true because our daily activities and interactions rely heavily on our diet choices. Not just that, the well-being of every living thing relies on what they consume as food. A vegetarian diet is basically defined as staying away from foods that have meat content, but what appears to be uncommon knowledge is that the vegetarian diet is further grouped into 3 other subgroups. Which are:
- Lacto – Ovo vegetarian: This person does not eat meat, poultry, fish or any form of seafood. But they indulge in milk, egg, yogurt and cheese diet.
- Lacto – Vegetarian: This person does not eat meat, poultry, fish, egg, or any other form of seafood. But they can have milk and other milk products in their diets.
- Vegans: This is a pure vegetarian, he feeds exclusively on plant-based diets. Hence, a vegan would never be caught eating meat, fish, egg, seafood, fish, or any other form of animal feed.
This choice of diet adds some benefits to one’s health that would help you live a comfortable life. Anti – Vegans usually point out to certain things they feel a vegan is missing out on, little do they know that the benefits of being a vegan outweigh the cons. The following benefits make up the greatest things about being a vegetarian:
- Contrary to popular opinion, a well-planned vegetarian diet can actually satisfy all your nutritional requirements. According to the American Dietetic Association, a well-planned vegan diet can be in fact beneficially in terms of nutritional appropriateness to members of all ages and even heavy duty workers such as athletes and laborers. In order to meet up with these complete nutritional components, there are certain foods to look out for. For a protein nutrient, foods such as beans, lentils, peas, soy products, cereals, and nuts are good sources of protein. Visit your dietician to get other vegetarian food sources of the required daily nutrients.
- Better mood, research has shown that vegetarians are often in a better mood than the non–vegans. According to a survey taken at the Croatia’s Institute for Medical research and Occupational health, the results shows that the vegetarians have lower levels of neuroticism ( this is a psychological trait test, where people with high levels are more prone to anxiousness, moody, worry, fear, anger, etc.) as compared to the non-vegans.
- Less incidence of diabetes, vegetarians are less likely to be diabetic as vegetarian diet have better management of diabetes and also reduce the possibility of the disease by more than half.
- A vegetarian diet is more affordable in terms of cost than a diet that includes meat.
- Being a vegetarian helps the environment, in that the barns produce a lot of pollutions to the environment. And so by avoiding the commercially sold meat, the cattle rearers are forced to move out of the environment in search for a better market.
- Studies have shown that on average, vegetarians live longer healthy lives as compared to the non-vegans.
There are many more benefits to being a vegetarian in that there really is no nutrient or benefits found in animal food that cannot be found in the plant diet especially when properly managed.