Is A Vegetarian Diet Really Healthy?
Is a vegetarian diet healthy? – some swear by it while others hate it.
The staunch vegetarians believe that the vegetarian diet is the key to staying fit and healthy for life. No wonder that most celebs follow the vegetarian diet. Animal lovers who have their personal reasons for staying away from non-vegetarian diet also follow this diet.
On the other hand, supporters of a more meat based diet believe that vegetarians are in general weaker than them because vegetarian diet lacks the nutrition available in plenty from fish, meat and eggs.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
It is true that fish, meat and eggs are nutritious foods in their own ways; however, that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get an equal amount of nutrition from fruits and vegetables.
In this article I will tell you how to make a Vegetarian diet healthy.
Vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet, any healthy meal should be rich in all the following nutrients:
Okay, now lets look at the foods that contain these nutrients:
Vegetarian Diets – Healthy In Its Variety
Calcium: Broccoli, dairy products, tofu, soy, fruit juice (especially orange juice)
Protein: Tofu, apart from being rich in calcium, is also full of protein. Besides tofu, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, etc. are also rich in protein content
Iron: Once again I have to suggest the highly nutritious tofu here. Apart from that, iron is also available in plenty from rice, cashew nuts, tomato juice, etc.
Zinc: Tofu is here as well. Aren’t you surprised how a single food could be rich in so many different types of nutrients? Okay, apart from tofu, whole grains, especially the bran and germ of grains, are rich in zinc content.
Also, any vegetable available in the form of roots such as radishes, carrots, beets, etc., contains zinc. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and cabbage leaves are rich in zinc as well. If you hate potatoes because of its carbohydrate content, note that it is rich in zinc too.
Vitamins: Vitamins are available in milk, soy, cereals, Tempeh, miso, etc.
Carbohydrates: Do I even need to tell you where could you get carbohydrates from? They are already available in junk and sugary foods but…WAIT, since you cannot have them, eat potatoes instead. Their carb content is much lower than those of junk foods.
Who says that a vegetarian diet is health cannot be as nutritious as a non-veg diet? As long as you eat a healthy and well-balanced meal, your body would definitely receive the right amount of nutrition.
Moreover, being low on calorie, the vegetarian diet won’t make you fat; if anything, it would help you maintain a slim and flat stomach throughout your entire life.
So the answer is YES and that a Vegetarian diet healthy in a great variety of foods can be great for you.
89 thoughts on “Is A Vegetarian Diet Really Healthy?”
I think that a vegetarian diet can be very healthy as it teaches you to become a healthy eater and create nutritious meals. I have been reading this free ebook 7 Pillars To Starting A Vegetarian Lifestyle to help me understand how to start becoming a vegetarian http://www.docstoc.com/docs/126001777/7-Pillars-To-Starting-A-Vegetarian-Lifestyle it has really helped me a lot.
I think that a vegetarian lifestyle can been healthy if you plan your meals well with the help of a nutritionist as everyone body is different. The problem with most vegetarians they do not educate themselves and they do not seek medical advice so they make the choices in the beginning. Being a healthy vegetarian is very possible! I think that many people should consider by books, ebooks or course on vegetarianism. I recently heard about a new vegetarian lifestyle called Vegetarian’s Beginner’s Guide 30 Day Course on twitter, i think that people probably a copy of it when it is made available.
Then what do you guys think about stuff like this? About the negative effects of soy for men, infants, children and older individuals?
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needing extra proteins is a myth … u would get proteins as per your body requirements from any plant base diet.
It is hard to give up a certain life style and we have to work towards it and as said human body is designed to eat meat occasionally as a survival mechanism …
Also, check out some of the Indian Recipes (especially Gujarati Food –its an area in the Western part of India) and one would get so recipes –This is the area were considerable part of the population is vegetarian
Again, i am not saying whats right and wrong but just sharing my knowledge !!
First of all it is simply not true that most celebrities follow vegetarian diets. High protein remains a leading, and effective, dietary trend among celebrities, and that is not vegetarian compatible. It doesn’t help the vegetarian viewpoint that so-called experts are so loose with the facts.
The thing that continues to turn me off about vegetarianism is that consistently unhealthy, waxy pallor I see in the complexions of EVERY vegetarian I know. And I know a few.