The Veg Edge: How Vegetarianism Can Help You Live Longer

by Vanessa Luis

When considering any new diet, one must look at it from a holistic point-of-view. That means it should not only cater to your weight loss goal, but contribute to your overall well-being too. Time and again, studies have proved that a veggie-rich diet could have an upper hand over a meaty one. Eating plant-based, meatless foods, and dairy, could boost your health and fitness levels. And now, a study claims that a vegetarian diet could increase your life expectancy. Here’s how:

1. Lowers The Risk Of Heart Disease
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, vegetarians have a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart conditions like stroke or cardiac arrest, as compared to meat eaters.

2. Lowers The Risk Of Developing Cancer
Another study conducted at Loma Linda University in California studied vegetarian diets and found that it protected people from various kinds of cancers. Although the study does not put a final word on this issue, it affirms that people on a veggie diet are at a lower risk of cancer.

3. Reduces The Risk Of Diabetes
It won’t cure diabetes (if you already have it) but vegetarianism could help keep it under control. It helps maintain weight and optimize the blood sugar levels, thus managing the disease better.

4. Keeps You Leaner
Studies also show that vegetarians are usually leaner than meat-eaters. In most cases they also have lower body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol levels. More research also suggests that this diet can aid weight loss and can be beneficial in maintaining healthy weight over time.

5. Improves Mood
A study based on meaty diets, fish and vegetarian diets, found that the veggie lovers reported better moods than the other two groups. They were also less prone to depression and anxiety.

Each of these benefits powers you up, increasing your life expectancy eventually. Keeping away from meat means easily avoiding all the saturated fat and cholesterol that clogs the arteries. Perhaps you should try going veg for a while, and see the health benefits for yourself.

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