By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:52:01 PM.
Scientists have shown that one specific vegetarian diet can lower cholesterol almost as well as treatment with medication. Levels of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that causes clogging in coronary arteries, fell by almost 30 percent in participants who followed the diet. This was only slightly lower than those who used Lovastatin alongside their usual diet.The diet consisted of almonds, soy proteins, high-fiber foods such as oats and barley, and a special margarine with plant ergosterols, found in leafy green vegetables and vegetable oils.
When meat is cooked at high temperatures, certain chemical compounds called heterocyclic amines can be created that may have carcinogenic effects. Recently published research has pointed to a link between consumption of highly processed meat products and higher risk for cancer. The higher the cooking temperature of meat, the greater chance of these byproducts being created. Additionally, vegetarian diets eliminate processed meats, which are also considered carcinogenic. These include foods like packaged cold cuts, hot dogs, salami and cured meats. On the other hand, plant-based proteins offer amino acids (the specific types and amount differs from food to food) in addition to fiber and antioxidants, but without the carcinogenic effects.
As mentioned above, many people can benefit from adding more raw foods to their diets, assuming their digestive systems tolerate them well. You don’t have to follow a strict raw vegan food diet to reap the benefits of eating more plant foods. “Raw foods” in the context of a vegetarian/vegan diet consist of those that have not been heated over 46º C or 115º F. Some of the best raw foods to include in your diet often include:All kinds of raw fruits and vegetables, Sprouts, Nuts and seeds, Roots and root vegetables (squashes included), fresh herbs,Raw spices,Seaweeds,Sprouted whole grains,Soaked legumes or beans,Fresh fruit and vegetable juices.