Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarian diets in perspective

Vegetarianism isn’t anything new. It was practiced in ancient Babylon and Egypt, as early as about 3000 BC. Some ancient philosophers such as Pythagoras or Plato were vegetarians. Because of that, vegetarians at that time were called Pythagoreans. According to the Bible, a vegan diet was given to human kind at creation and was practiced […]

 

What is the impact of vegetarian diets on heart disease risk?

Vegetarian diets improve several traditional and non-traditional risk factors for heart disease. The beneficial impact of vegetarian diets on some of these risk factors is illustrated by a study that I will name the CHIP study. In this study, about 300 participants were asked to follow a low-fat vegetarian diet and have moderate physical activity, […]

 

What is the impact of vegetarian diets on type 2 diabetes?

The impact of vegetarian diets on type 2 diabetes can be illustrated by the findings from the study with 8,401 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Individuals who ate meat at least once per week had a 29 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared to vegetarians. Among those who consumed processed meats, the […]

Where do vegetarians get their protein from?

According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, “Vegetarian diets that include complementary mixtures of plant proteins can provide the same quality of protein as that from animal proteins.” We further read from the same source that, “Consuming a varied diet ensures an adequate intake of protein for vegetarians” and […]

 

What is the impact of vegetarian diets on cancer?

Cancer, like most other chronic health conditions, is a multifactorial disease. Diet plays an important role in cancer prevention and survival. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, “Plant food bolster our bodies’ defense against cancer.” A number of research studies has shown that individuals who consume highest vs. lowest amounts of different plant […]

 

Vegetarian diets and diverticular disease

Vegetarian diets are associated with higher intake of fiber. Fiber intake affects the health of the gastrointestinal tract. On the other hand, inadequate intake of fiber increases the risk of constipation, the inflammation of the appendix and other intestinal conditions. Both males and females consuming a traditional, meat-based diet consume about half or less than […]

 

Do vegetarian diets impact arthritis symptoms?

Yes. Vegetarian diets are protective against arthritis and may help improve arthritis symptoms among people who already have the disease. Studies from Scandinavia showed that a vegan diet that followed a few days of fasting significantly improved symptoms such as pain or stiffness. A good example of the effect of fasting coupled with a vegan […]

 

What is the impact of vegetarian diets on obesity?

Vegetarians have lower rates of obesity. Data from the EPIC-Oxford Study showed that the rate of obesity among vegetarians was about half that of non-vegetarians. Studies on members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church revealed that the proportion of obese people increased as intake of meat and animal products increased. The average body mass index (BMI) […]