Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition. Whether to eat meat or not can be a very personal decision. There are multiple reasons that someone might decide to reduce their meat consumption or ditch it from their diets completely. And, if so, what is it about plant-based diets that our bodies love? Plant-based diets come in many stripes. Around 3 percent of Americans consider themselves vegans, and 5 percent consider themselves vegetarians, according to some reports. Most vegetarians eat a lacto-ovo diet, which means they eat fruits and veggies, beans, nuts, grains and soy, as well as animal byproducts like eggs, dairy and honey. Other plant-based diets incorporate some meat or fish: The pescatarian diet is similar to the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, but with the addition of fish. A number of studies have shown that a diet low in meat is linked to longer lifespans. But there is growing evidence that plant-based diets are associated with benefits like lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and reduced body weight. These improved health measures often translate to less risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases.
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Esselstyn, who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, recommends completely avoiding all animal-based products as well as soybeans and nuts, particularly if severe coronary artery disease is present. Hansen, T. Richter, M. People who do not eat plants that contain high amounts of calcium may be at risk for impaired bone mineralization and fractures. Sutliffe, J. Liu, R. Patients with kidney disease may need a plant-based diet with special restrictions, for example fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium and phosphorus.
The recommendation is 1. Only 1 in 10 American adults gets enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diets, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. Mood, food, and cognition: role of tryptophan and serotonin. Vegetarian diets and weight status. Metabolic vitamin B12 deficiency: a missed opportunity to prevent dementia and stroke. Journal List Perm J v. Jan 1, In , Wang and Beysoun 15 analyzed the nationally representative data collected in the — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.