By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:53:00 PM.
According to research published by the Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, people who follow a vegetarian diet or vegan diet — meaning they avoid all meat and possibly dairy, fish and eggs too — represent between 2 percent to 5 percent of the total adult population in the United States. Several analyses that have compared vegetarian diets to non‐vegetarian diets have found that those eating predominately plant-based diets have increased protection against health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, cardiometabolic risk factors, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity and total mortality.
You can only get vitamin B12 in substantial amounts by consuming meat, fish, eggs and dairy. Cutting out all of these foods can sometimes be problematic and contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms like fatigue, weakness and others. For this reason it’s recommended that all vegetarians and vegans who abstain from eating most or all animal foods take vitamin B12 supplements. Some grains, beans and legumes, such as raw soybeans, lentils and Mung beans, may contain trypsin inhibitors and other “anti-nutrients” that can make digestion difficult and hinder nutrient absorption. These inhibitors can block key digestive enzymes, and One of the most common trends I’ve found from working with hundreds of vegans and vegetarians is that they tend to over-consume carbohydrates and sugars. Eating too many carbohydrates can cause Candida and yeast overgrowth, along with weight gain. There are some who have been able to find better balance, but this can take a lot of work and planning. acid found in grains can keep you from absorbing calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. However, soaking and sprouting your grains and legumes can greatly reduce phytic acid.
Religious beliefs also can play an important role in vegetarianism. For instance, followers of Jainism practice nonviolence (also called Ahimsa, meaning "do no harm"), and do not eat meat or certain vegetables, such as onions, potatoes and garlic. Hindus also believe in Ahimsa and are the world's largest vegetarian population. They believe in the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit. Seventh-day Adventists practice a vegetarian lifestyle, while Buddhists also support the concept of Ahimsa (although some eat fish or meat).