Vegetarians live longer
Vegetarians have a 12 % lower risk of death compared with non-vegetarians, living on average 9 years longer than meat-eaters! This came from a 2013 study of more than 70,000 people.
With none of the saturated fat, cholesterol, pesticide and hormone-laced meats, vegetarians are at a lower risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and strokes.
Go green stay healthy
Meat consumption has also been epidemiologically linked to a wide range of degenerative diseases including osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, kidney stones, gallstones, gum disease and acne. Choosing a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet encourages a lifetime of good health and optimised protection against numerous diseases.
Heart Disease´s magic bullet
Adopting a vegetarian diet is a powerful way to prevent heart disease - the leading cause of death in the U.S, claiming the life of 1 in 3 Americans. That’s because meat tends to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat - major contributors to artery-clogging plaque.
In fact, a recent British study found that switching to a vegetarian diet may cut your chances of developing heart disease by 32%!
In contrast, plant foods are low in saturated fat and contain powerful cholesterol-lowering agents such as soluble fiber, unsaturated fats, and phytochemicals - all of which are found almost exclusively in plant foods.
The Adventist Morality and Health studies have shown that vegetarians are about 40% less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters.
Most meats, when cooked, produce an array of benzenes and other carcinogenic compounds, for example a typical beef burger contains three cancer-causing substances. The primary source of human nuclear radiation contamination is from beef and dairy products.
'No chemical carcinogen is nearly so important in causing human cancer as animal protein.'
Dr. T. C. Campbell
You are what you eat
Factory animals aren’t fed what they’re designed to eat. They’re fed what’s cheap and what makes them grow unnaturally fast. Today, there are over 20,000 different drugs, including sterols, antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs that are given to livestock animals.
These drugs and contaminants are passed on to us when we eat meat produce.
For example, the average hotdog contains seven cancer-causing pesticides and approximately 30% of factory chicken and fish is contaminated with salmonella.
Each year in the US, contaminated chicken kills at least 1,000 people and affects between 6.5 and 80 million others.
Even animal with tumors or visible deformities have regularly been photographed on slaughter trucks and make it onto the food chain.
The nutrition misnomer
Where will I get my protein from without meat?
According to many nutritionists, you can consume a sufficiently healthy percentage of complete protein by combining organic lentils, beans, tofu, organic whole grains, free range eggs, spinach and other plant sources.
Minerals? Adequate amounts of iron can be found in organic broccoli, bok choy, figs, whole grain, enriched cereals, and other plants. And there is more calcium in sesame seeds and broccoli than there is in milk.
That´s why many leading sports people including tennis stars Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, NFL´s David Carter,
the UFC´s Nick and Nate Diaz and Heavyweight boxer David Haye can lead meat-free lifestyles and compete at the highest level.
Want to lose weight?
Vegetarianism is also the ultimate weight-loss diet - the National Institutes of Health reports that on average, people who avoid meat, dairy, and eggs have body mass indexes almost 20% lower than meat eaters.
That translates into about 30 pounds less weight than meat-eaters of similar height and age groups.