One of the most sought after diets of today is the Vegetarian Diet which has been said to be one of the healthiest ways to lose weight. Millions of people are on this diet for many reasons-religion, health, personal reasons. Even celebrities are enticed with the diet because of the many health benefits that it brings.
A Vegetarian Diet is a kind of diet that centers on consuming plant-based foods. Foods that are of this type are fruits, vegetables, dried beans, peas, seeds, nuts and grains. People who follow this diet are called vegetarians but even vegetarians come in different kinds for there are vegans who purely eat on just plant food and restricts all meat and animal products, there’s also the lacto vegetarians who eat on plant foods and even dairy products and the lacto-ovo vegetarians which feeds on plant foods as well as dairy products and eggs. Vegetarians actually get all the nutrients they need from the Vegetarian Diet if they are conscious enough to learn how to eat on a wide variety of foods in order to meet the essential nutrients that our body needs because there are certain nutrients that vegetarians may not be getting such as calcium, zinc, iron and vitamin B12.
The main goal of a Vegetarian Diet is to promote healthy eating by eating foods that are low in fat but high in fiber. There are numerous reasons as to why people get on a Vegetarian Diet. Most people are into this type of diet due to personal, health or religious reasons whose goals may differ.
Lowers the risk of diseases such as heart diseases, cancer, obesity and diabetes
Cheaper as fruits and vegetables are less expensive than meat
Studies have shown that vegetarians tend to live 10 years longer to meat eaters
Helps you develop a strong immune system
Has a good proportion of the macronutrients-carbs, protein, fats
Helps you maintain a healthy weight and you are least likely to be obese in the years to come
It may lack certain vitamins and minerals in the diet unless there is wide variety of plant food choices
The vitamin B12 is missing from the diet because it is mainly found in meat
There are other missing nutrients from the diet such as iron, zinc, vitamin D, copper
Amino acids are largely found in meat and the plant foods may not be able to provide as much of this compared to what meat can offer