So, you want help eating a vegetarian diet?
4 min read • A vegetarian diet is one which excludes meat. There are many different types of vegetarianism, with some vegetarians consuming a diet that includes eggs and dairy products while others consume a vegan diet, which excludes all animal-derived products. There are many proven benefits of following a vegetarian or vegan diet. These diets have been shown to lower the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. They also help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Adopting a plant-based lifestyle, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, could also improve symptoms, and even prognosis, of diseases like arthritis and cancer. Vegetarian and vegan diets are also more environmentally sustainable than diets that include meat. Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and land degradation. A plant-based diet requires less water and land to produce than a meat-based diet. Finally, there may be ethical reasons concerning animal welfare for choosing to eat a plant-based diet.