Vegetarianism 4


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There has been misunderstanding framed with vegetarianism as fringe eaters who have extreme passion for rights of animals. Although most vegans have a lot of passion pertaining animals, the vegan lifestyle and diet is by far more than animal rights. Adapting a healthy balanced vegan diet comes with a great package of healthy benefits on human population. Also, vegan diet is seen as a key player in preventive diseases and disorders relate to food intake globally. Vegetarianism is where a person avoid all animal flesh both white and red meat alike. Some vegetarians may omit all the flesh, but still take eggs (ovo-vegetarians) or milk, cheese (lacto-vegetarians) while strict vegetarianisms live solely on plant and plant sources products and food stuff. In 20th century, most people with reference in the UK did change their perception in vegetarian diet as prior this diet was linked with religious beliefs. This has seen more people shift on vegetarian diet with the estimates being recorded at 7% in 2000 from 0.2% statistics estimates during world war two (Philips, 2000). This essay will focus on the healthy benefits of vegetarianism.

Vegetarian diet is seen to over various nutritional benefits. This emanates from various vegan diet like soy products, beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits vegetables and fruits. Such benefits include reduced saturated fats. Vegetarianism is seen to have reduced saturated fats depending on the diet of choice. Reducing meats and dairy products is fundamental as these products have large quantities of saturated fats. Further, plant based sources of food have rich potassium, folate, fiber, magnesium, proteins, antioxidants and vitamin C and E. These sources ensure health eating thus ensuring healthy bodies. Further, presence of phytochemical in plants is significance in the current world as the public health battle with cancer burden as combination of these products and antioxidant reduces the chances of developing cancers across the life span.

Switching or adapting vegan diet is crucial aspect in preventing disease and disorders. Plant-based products are gold standards for fighting the incidences of cardiovascular heart diseases, osteoporosis, cholesterol and cholesterol related conditions, blood pressure, diabetes type 2, and arthritis. Further, plant-based diet especially that comprises sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, and green leafy vegetables is essential in slowing early development age-related macular degeneration. Thus, a well planned and organized healthy vegan diet has been found to curb these health problems from occurring or slowing their development unlike meat consumers. Further, is seen to lower health care cost burden were on estimates the US spends $30-$60billion annually on managing meat precipitated diseases and conditions.

In conclusion, Craig, (2009) vegetarianism health benefits are quite broad, from disease prevention, management, to physical significance their benefit is without measure. Physically, the vegan diet makes the body, more energetic, more attractive and stronger. Those persons on the plant based diet have been seen to have low body mass index compared to their meat consuming counterparts, which is a good indicator of healthy body. Weight loss, healthy skin, bad breath elimination, body odor, improved hair and nail strength and reduced allergies are some of attached benefits to the vegetarian diet. Although, vegan diet calls for Vitamin D and vitamin B12 supplementation and or fortification especially during lactating and pregnancy, even in this population vegetarianism is seen to lower chances of eclampsia developing.


Craig, W.J. (2009). Health effects of vegan diets. American J Clin Nutrition, 89(5):1627S-1633S

Philips, F. (2000). Vegetarian Nutrition. Briefing Paper. British Nutrition Foundation, London UK.