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There have been debates on the topic of whether a vegetarian diet is better than a non-vegetarian diet. Many people switch to a vegetarian diet in order to lose weight and be healthy. Does it really help them in the long run? Let us find out.
What is a vegetarian diet? A vegetarian diet is a diet that includes green vegetables, fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, dried beans and peas. Some vegetarians also tend to eat fish, poultry, eggs and dairy, but no red meat.
Fruits and vegetables are high in nutritional value. Apples, bananas, papayas, grapes, watermelons, mangoes, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, etc. are great for health. Vegetables have less sugar content compared to fruits. Most vegetables and fruits are found to combat cancer and heart disease.
Healthy fats and carbohydrates are essential for suppling the cells with the required energy. This group includes simple sugars, cellulose and starches. They can be found in brown rice, wheat, corn, semolina, olive oil, sunflower oil, etc.
Vegetarian food is rich in dietary fibre. It is present in high quantities in fruits and vegetables. Fibre aids in keeping you full, prevents you from overeating, and flushes out toxins from the body. This leads to weight loss.
Blood sugars of diabetic individuals are also controlled with the aid of dietary fibres. Healthy doses of fibre can also assist in reducing your risk of suffering from heart diseases and certain cancers.
Soybeans, peas, psyllium husk, carrots, broccoli, onions and potatoes are rich sources of fibre and are actually known to reduce the chances of certain illnesses like intestinal problems, obesity, several kinds of cancer, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes mellitus and heart diseases.
Proteins are vital to the growth and development of the body. It also helps in the conservation and restoration of the health of our body tissues. Meat, chicken and fish are rich sources of protein.
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However, if you choose a vegetarian diet, and want to protect yourself from the bad effects of eating non-vegetarian food, to suffice your need of protein go for beans and legumes which are rich sources of protein. Different types of lentils, kidney beans and dried peas are also rich sources of protein.
So, we see that a vegetarian diet is complete in itself to satisfy the needs of your body. Try a vegetarian diet and see the difference it makes to your health in the long run.