No one will argue with the fact that eating more fruits and vegetables will have a positive impact on your life. But it seems, that the debate rages on about vegetarian lifestyles vs. ordinary eating habits. Are they both right? Is one healthier than the other? This seems to be a controversial topic because people can argue for or against the vegetarian diet, as they can argue for or against eating meat or animal products.
When it comes to controversial topics, it helps to throw some facts around. I suppose that you need to make up your own mind. But educating yourself about the facts and continuing to learn can also be a great advantage. And when I say you need to educate yourself about the facts, I recommend going to a reputable website. So, I went to the University of Rochester’s Medical Center web site. And, I found an article that was titled Vegetarian Diets: the Myths vs. Facts.
First and foremost, what are some of the myths that surround vegetarian diets? The first myth that this article discussed was that vegetarian diets are always healthy. Wait. I thought vegetarian diets were very healthy. Why does the University of Rochester’s Medical Health Center website state that it is a myth that vegetarian diets are always healthy? They don’t say they are always unhealthy, they just discuss the topic in great detail. Well, let’s explore the topic.
The web site continued to state that “people that follow a vegetarian diet are relatively healthier than those who don’t”. So, it seems that people who follow a vegetarian diet live healthier lives. The article continued to state that vegetarians tended to have lower cases of obesity and chronic health problems. The article then made an interesting point. The article said it was difficult to determine whether it was the diet that had a positive impact or if it was the lifestyle that went along with the diet. Because vegetarians also exercise more often and they don’t drink or smoke.
The article then said that there can be a flip-side. It said that a vegetarian diet can be unhealthy if you do not make the right food choices. For example, if you eat a steady supply of French fries and other less healthy vegetarian options you are not going to go down the path of good health. There are guidelines to a vegetarian diet that need to be followed. If you follow a vegetarian diet you may be deficient in certain vitamins a minerals, so you need to make sure you are getting all of your needs met with the diet.
The facts about this myth concluded by stating: “Daily, eat a variety of plant-based foods, including: fortified whole grains, fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, beans and legumes, tofu, and fortified soy milk or low-fat dairy products”. There were a series of additional facts and myths about vegetarian diets that continued on this page. For more information or to read the article, check out the website for yourself.”