National Vegetarian Week 2018 runs between 14th-20th May and it aims to highlight to the public the pleasures and benefits of diet free of meat. As more and more people anticipate changes in lifestyle, eating vegetarian foods is heightening in appeal. National Vegetarian week has the aim of demonstrating to schools and communities all over the UK that vegetarianism can be both exciting and appealing to eat! If you have your doubts about whether a veggie diet that evades your restaurant faves like Nando's and Yo Sushi will be worth the sacrifice, here are some of the most crystal clear pro's of vegetarian's that will help you turn your back on Teriyaki Chicken.
1. It reduces the risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The JCU University Skin Cancer Research Clinic says that there is a link between a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and a vegetarian diet. Why is this? The majority of vegetarian diets are brimming with foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that can minimise the damage created by oxidative stress, such as atherosclerosis,
2. It minimises the risk of Cataract Development
Strangely, research that had been released by the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at Oxford University has demonstrated a strong relation between the risk of evolving diet and cataracts; with a greater risk descending on meat eaters and the smallest risk groups being vegans and vegetarians.
3. Reduces risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The JCU University Skin Cancer Research Clinic indicate that there is a relationship between a decreased risk of cardiovasvular disease and a vegetarian diet. Why is this? Because the majority of vegetarian diets are packed with foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that are able to minimise the damage caused by oxidative stress, such as atherosclerosis.
4. Vegetarians tend to have low cholesterol
Did you know that there's barely any benefits that come with eating animal fat? When you take it out of your diet, you also eliminate the detrimental effects that it has on your health. Following an examination of the long term effects of following a vegetarian diet, researchers in Korea came to the conclusion that body fat and cholesterol levels were far lesser in vegetarians than in omnivores.
5. Lower risk of developing kidney stones
The New York University Langone Medical Center reported that getting rid of the consumption of animal protein and the prioritisation of vegetables will lead to a far higher PH of urine. On the other hand, low pH in urine has associations with the formation of stones.