A vegetarian diet is thought to be very healthy and many studies in the past decade have shown vegetarians to have fewer heart attacks, lower rates of cancer, premature mortality, less obesity and lower blood pressure when compared to non-vegetarians. It is not known whether this is directly as a result of not eating meat, or due to the fact vegetarians tend to lead ‘more health conscious lifestyles’ with less smoking, less alcoholism and more activity.
The dietary benefits of being vegetarian are most likely due to eating more fresh fruit and vegetables that contain vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants that have protective health properties against chronic disease. The diet can be very healthy and fits in with ‘healthy eating guidelines’ providing it is a diet high in fruit, vegetables, natural foods such as beans, pulses, nuts and seeds and natural oil. This reduced incidence of chronic diseases has also been seen in Mediterranean countries that have a high intake of natural oils, fruit and vegetables, but also they eat a lot of fish and small amounts of meat.
However, a vegetarian diet can be ‘unhealthy’ when the saturated fat from meat has been replaced with excessive amounts of dairy based protein foods like cheese, milk and eggs, or processed vegetarian meals, with little fruit, vegetables or natural oils. Getting a good balance is critical.
Weightplan’s delicious ranges of vegetarian meals are designed to offer complete balanced nutrition for those choosing to eat a plant based diet. Each plan has been designed to give plenty of variety and flavour while keeping you topped up on all the healthy macronutrients you need.
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