Grains, beans, nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits are rich in essential nutrients: protein, complex carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and the antioxidants and phytochemicals that strengthen your immune system and prevent disease. By eating less meat and more of these nutrient-rich foods means you’ll be consuming less saturated fat and cholesterol, fewer calories and higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Those are huge health benefits.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, vegetarians have lower rates of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. Non-meat eaters are also 32% less likely to die from cardiovascular issues and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
But guess what? It’s not just good for you; it’s good for your carbon footprint too! The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, estimates that the meat industry generates nearly a fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. That’s worse than all types of transport!
So there you have it, cutting down gives you the opportunity to improve your overall health, do your bit for the planet and broaden your culinary horizons. Let’s celebrate vegetarian recipes, and all they have to offer!