Benefits of being a vegetarian. A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meant of any kind. No fish, no beef, no pork, nada. However this person may eat some animal products like honey, or eggs. A person can be a vegetarian for a number of reasons, moral, religious, or plain old dietary restrictions. Whether or not you’re a veggie, there are some benefits to this lifestyle, which we’ll explain coming up in this video!
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Intro – 0:00
Vegans (total vegetarians): – 02:20
Lacto-ovo vegetarians: – 02:31
Lacto vegetarians: – 02:38
Ovo vegetarians: – 02:45
Partial vegetarians: – 02:52
Vegans (total vegetarians): Do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from
animals, including eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
Lacto vegetarians: Eat no meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, but do consume dairy products.
Ovo vegetarians: Eat no meat, poultry, fish, or dairy products, but do eat eggs.
Partial vegetarians: Avoid meat but may eat fish (pescatarian) or poultry (pollo-vegetarian).
Sometimes people start off with becoming partial vegetarians, and then working your way up to full veggie, or vegan. LIke we said before, pick the one that works best for you and your personal choices.
Now, on to some great benefits of becoming a vegetarian.
1 – It’s just better for you: The fact that you’re choosing foods that are automatically less processed, and contain fewer chemicals means you’re being kinder to your body. We’re told from a very young age to eat our veggies, and by introducing them more into your diet, you’ll be giving you whole system the rush of vitamins and minerals it craves.
2 – Lowers your Cholesterol. Cholesterol only comes from consuming animal products, and some dairy. If you’re not eating any meat or full fat dairy products then you’re cutting out your cholesterol intake completely. HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL says having lower cholesterol has been shown to give you a longer life, and can reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses.
3 – Reduces the risk of diabetes. Because you’ll be eating things that are more natural, and less processed (like hot dogs) you’re likely to have lower blood sugar, reducing your risk of diabetes. Keep in mind, regular exercise is really important as well, but a plant-based diet can really make a difference.
4 – A healthy glow. Normally when people say you’re glowing it’s in reference to pregnancy. However, a vegetarian diet can help your skin appear more hydrated. Things like raw veggies that are water based will naturally put more water into your system. Also vegetables are packed with antioxidants that help fight off disease. The healthier you are inside, the more it’ll show on the outside.
5 – It’s good for your gut. You’ve probably heard the phrase “add more fiber” before. That’s because fiber keeps us regular, and is necessary for proper digestive health. Guess what has lots of fiber? Seeds! According to HEALTH LINE Chia seeds are one of the best sources of fiber on the planet! They also contain magnesium, phosphorus and calcium for an added benefit. Popcorn is also a great source of fiber. Not the stuff you buy at the movies, unfortunately that treat is usually dripping with butter and salt. We mean the kind you make at home, free of any extras. It’s a wonderful, quick and easy snack for a veggie.
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