RESEARCH HAS REVEALED that vegetarians may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact, it was discovered that vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters. There is an element of freshness to most vegetarian dishes, especially when it comes to organic produce – so this is bound to purify our minds and keep our thoughts positive.
When done right, vegetarian diets are naturally low in saturated fats, and cholesterol. They have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and, what is more, data shows conclusively that vegetarians suffer less disease caused by a modern Western diet (for example, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation and gall stones, amongst others!). This is all attributable to a higher intake of fibre, phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids.
A bonus of sticking to a vegetarian diet is the positive effect it has on our figure. Most weigh less as a result of diet comprised of fewer calories, in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Vegetarians are also generally more aware of ‘healthy’ foods and so eat better.