MOVE OVER MEAT MONDAYS- BENEFITS OF A MEATLESS DIET
Happy Move Over Meat Monday to you! In this edition I am going to give you some information on the health benefits of a meatless diet! What you choose to eat is a very personal decision. The purpose of this blog is not to place judgement on anyone's food choices. However, I am passionate about equipping those of you who eat meat with information, so the decisions you make about what you consume are wise ones. For my friends that are already vegan, this is just further information to support your lifestyle! I hope everyone learns a lot, I am already!
Benefits of a Meatless Diet:
1) Poultry producers and pig farmers routinely use arsenic as a growth stimulant for the animals. Federal law permits the use of arsenic in commercial animal raising. The government stipulates that commercial livestock farmers must stop adding arsenic to the animal feed at least 5 days before the slaughter so that arsenic residue levels will reach a legal level that is approved by the FDA (.55 parts per million).
Several studies indicate that many livestock farmers do not adhere to these regulations. The USDA estimates that about 16% of the nation's poultry supply contains levels of arsenic that are above the legal limit.
From http://www.buzzle.com/articles/vegan-diet-benefits.html By Ashwini Kulkarni
"One of the most remarkable vegan diet health benefits is its ability to control and even reverse the effects of diabetes. The high fiber, low fat vegan diet rich in complex carbohydrates, assists in better utilization of insulin in the body. Thus, it becomes easier to regulate the glucose levels within the body. Although, vegan diet does not completely alleviate the need of insulin in type-1 diabetes patients, it definitely helps to keep it in check. A combination of vegan diet and proper exercises can actually reverse the effects of diabetes in the body."
3)Eliminating food that comes from an animal eliminates all dietary cholesterol from your diet.
4)Those who suffer from migraines frequently discover relief from them on a vegan diet.
5)The average American eats twice as much protein than necessary for a healthy diet and much of it is from red meat. Getting protein from beans and grains is much healthier and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.
6)The human body is not designed to digest cow milk and cow milk dairy products. As many as 75% of people in the world may be lactose intolerant and many people suffer from undiagnosed milk allergies or sensitivities.
These few facts only scratch the surface of the health benefits of a meatless diet. I will continue with more facts each week!
Also, don't forget to send in your own questions for me to research and answer for Talk to Me Tuesdays! Since I'm just starting out, I haven't received any yet, so I will continue with FAQ's I have received about veganism and health in general.
Additional Source: 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan-http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/