Vegetarian diet for health problems

A balanced vegetarian diet is one of the easiest ways to follow official healthy eating guidelines, with 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, plenty of complex carbohydrates and antioxidants, as well as lower saturated fat and cholesterol. A balanced vegetarian diet tends to be lower in calories and higher in fibre so can also help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Healthy heart Vegetarian and vegan diets are nutritionally adequate if carefully planned.

  • Vegetarianism can reduce the risk of heart disease by 32%.

  • Vegetarians had a 12% reduced mortality rate compared to non-vegetarians in the Adventist Health Study.
  • Vegetarians have lower body mass index (BMI) on average than the general population.

  • Soluble fibre can help keep cholesterol under control and a balanced vegetarian diet has up to twice as much fibre as the national average.

  • Cancer is the number one cause of death in the world and diet is estimated to cause approximately 30% of all cancers in developed countries. Statistical evidence has shown a clear association between vegetarianism and a lower risk of some cancers.

  • Consumption of red and processed meat has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

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In-depth factsheetsYou can find further information on coronary heart disease, strokes, cholesterol, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis in the in-depth fact sheet on vegetarian diet for health problems.

 
 

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