Vegetarian diet

Vegetarian diet
 

Vegetarian diets are becoming more and more popular all over the world. This is encouraged not only by ethical or religious beliefs or fashion but more frequently because of health problems. Vegetarians claim that this kind of diet enhances health, reduces risk of developing various diseases (cardiovascular, renal, diabetes, cancer, etc.). For some people, vegetarian menu is a desire to become more fit and improve dietary habits. There are also people who just don’t like meat.

Eating a well prepared and full-fledged vegetarian food you provide your body with a;; necessary nutrients. Vegetarian diet is rich in fiber, vegetarians rarely complain about constipation, high blood pressure or obesity. They are also less likely to have a heart disease, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer.

Vegetarian diet is low in fat and cholesterol. Vegetable fats have a better quality, they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids. However, don’t forget that if you refuse some of the products (like meat), you will have to compensate their nutrients, consuming other products.

Perhaps the biggest danger that vegetarians face is a lack of proteins and amino acids in their diet. According to nutritionists, protein should compose 15 per cent of daily food ration. So don’t forget eating beans, peas, cheese and eggs. Soy products are a good source of amino acids. Vegetarians also often face a lack of iron and calcium. To get enough of calcium, eat more leafy vegetables (broccoli, parsley, green paprika). The main plant sources of iron are spinach, asparagus, raisins and dried plums.

 

 

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