Health Benefits and Risks of a Vegetarian Diet

Research states that those who eat only vegetarian diets are less prone to diseases like lung cancer, obesity, diabetes, gall stones, kidney and liver related diseases and arterial diseases. In addition to these they also show lower risks of alcoholism. These researches have not been proved completely and I beg to agree with them as well. One must keep in mind that your health is dependent of factors beyond your diet like your lifestyle and your eating timings.

There is no doubt that there are several benefits that you gain from a vegetarian diet. Take for instance the amount of vitamins and minerals you stand to gain from a vegetarian diet. Vegetables are a huge source of vitamins A, C and B complex. They also are a rich source of minerals like zinc, calcium and potassium and add to your hydration levels naturally as most of them are high in water content.

One must keep in mind that a person who is on a pure vegetable diet is at the risk of being low on protein as that is the one nutrient that is low in most vegetables. In order to supplement the proteins that you miss out from meats you must include nuts, Soya beans, grains, legumes and Soya products in your diet. In addition to that you need to include Vitamin C to your diet. You can gain this from citrus fruits like tomatoes, peppers and oranges. You gain calcium from green leafy vegetables and vitamin D is from the sun.

If you are careful about what you eat and make sure that your body receives all the nutrients that it requires you stand to lead a very heal thy lifestyle. In most cases vegetarian diets are low on sodium and hence the vegetarians lower their risk of obesity and are able to watch their weight with ease.