Vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans (who eat no animal products) about 15 years longer than meat eaters, according to a study from Loma Linda University.
These findings are backed up by the China Health Project (the largest population study on diet and health to date), which found that Chinese people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risks of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases.
You’ll reduce your risk of cancer. How?
Studies done at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg suggest that this is because vegetarians’ immune systems are more effective in killing off tumour cells than meat eaters’. Studies have also found a plantbased diet helps protect against prostate, colon and skin cancers.
Your meals will taste delicious.
Vegetables are endlessly interesting to cook and a joy to eat. It’s an ever-changing parade of flavours, colors, textures and tastes!
You’ll help reduce waste and air pollution.
Livestock farms creates phenomenal amounts of waste. The tons of manure, a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top pollutant. And that’s not even counting the methane gas released by goats, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the greenhouse effect), the ammonia gases from urine, poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons, toxic chemicals from pesticides, and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.
You’ll help protect the purity of water.
It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of mutton, but just 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. Not only is this wasteful, but it contributes to rampant water pollution.
You’ll provide a great role model for your kids.
If you set a good example and feed your children good food, chances are they’ll live a longer and healthier life.
Going vegetarian is easy!
Vegetarian cooking has never been so simple. We live in a country that has been vegetarian by default. Our traditional dishes are loaded with the goodness of vegetarian food.
Switching over it is very simple indeed!