Imagine that! I, Roger Moore, stating that vegetarian diets are healthier. If you have spent five minutes with me this should be no surprise. More and more studies are coming out showing that vegetarian and vegan diets are healthier for everyone – not just some of us. Experts like Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, and the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and many others have been telling this for years. It is always great to have new research back them up.
Vegetarian Diets Healthier In Every Way Than Diets With Meat
Vegetarian diets are not just better for weight management, they are more nutritious than diets that include meat, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. With two out of three Americans needing to lose weight, the message is more urgent than ever.
The new findings are based on a study including 13,292 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Not only were vegetarians slimmer than their meat-eating counterparts, their fiber intake was 24 percent higher and calcium intake was 17 percent higher. Vegetarians also consumed more magnesium, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E, and less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
The study was accompanied by an editorial concluding that “the benefits of following a plant-based diet can be valuable beyond weight loss goals.” Specifically, the editorial noted, vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and “lower risk for many disease states including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension.”
In a 2006 PCRM review, 38 of 40 published studies comparing vegetarians and nonvegetarians showed that vegetarians weighed less. PCRM also found that adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet brings a dramatic improvement in nutrition. Cholesterol and saturated fat intake plummet, while fiber, beta-carotene, and important vitamins increase. Using the Harvard School of Public Health’s Alternate Healthy Eating Index (AHEI) score, we have found that vegan participants excel in every AHEI category.
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