Came across the "Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets"
paper today. As I perused it I noticed a common theme: there are a lot of health benefits linked to vegetarianism. Now, I realize this and have read about them before. But I am not so sure that others, especially those who eat animals, realize it. So I have compiled a list of the ones that are found in this position paper on vegetarian diets:
1. "Vegetarian diets are often associated with a number of health advantages, including lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels, and lower risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes." (page 2)
2. Vegetarians have lower rates of hypertension. (page 8)
3. Vegetarians have an overall lower cancer rate than that of the general population. (page 9)
4. "Red meat and processed meat consumption is consistently associated with an increase in the risk of colorectal cancer." (page 10)
5. "Soy isoflavones and soy foods have been shown to possess anti-cancer properties." (page 10)
6. "One study suggests that vegetarians are at lower risk of developing dementia than nonvegetarians." (page 11)
7. "Middle-aged vegetarians were found to be 50% less likely to have diverticulitis compared to nonvegetarians." (page 11)
8. In a study, nonvegetarians were found to be more than twice as likely as vegetarians to suffer from gallstones. (page 11)
9. Researchers in Finland have found that fasting, followed by a vegan diet, is useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis. (page 11)
If you are vegetarian, take comfort in knowing your body appreciates it, as well as the animals and planet. If you are not, consider the above health benefits, as well as the many other reasons to go vegetarian.