Are Vegetarian Diets Really More Healthful?

Yes, vegetarian diets are really more healthful! In the National Library of Medicine (NLM) research database at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, you'll find about 750 studies with the word "vegetarian" in their title, and more than 100,000 study participants have had their diets studied in the context of vegetarian eating. Reduced risk of chronic diseases is a well-documented health benefit of vegetarian eating, including reduced risk of the following conditions: atherosclerosis, cancers (select types), coronary artery disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Based on the overall study results from vegetarian diet studies, here are some important take-away points that you need to know.

More Information on Vegetarian Diets

For more information on the subject of vegetarian diets, please see our overview article "A Practical Look at Vegetarian Diets" as well as the following Q+As.

References

To see the research articles we reviewed in the writing of these articles, see here
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