By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:07 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.
If you choose to include a good amount raw foods in your diet, you’ll benefit from obtaining higher amounts of enzymes that serve many purposes. When cooked over a certain temperature, enzymes found in raw food often become destabilized. Enzymes are important because they are needed to break down the food into smaller nutritional units that the body can handle. Some nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids, are destroyed or altered when food is cooked at high temperatures or for long periods. Eating too much cooked food creates waste in the body that cannot even be used, which in turn may have a clogging effect on the body. While the pancreas and other cells make enzymes in the body, raw foods provide more enzymes for the body to use. In a diet of purely cooked foods, the pancreas and other organs may become overworked due to how there is no external enzyme source.
The American Dietetic Association has these tips for people who want to stop eating meat: Choose whole‐grain products, such as whole-wheat bread, wild or brown rice, and whole-grain cereals. Follow a varied diet, with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and so on. Use eggs and dairy products in moderation, if at all. Have a regular source of vitamin B12. Ensure a sufficient intake of vitamin D, especially if exposure to sunlight is low. They also suggest reducing the intake of high‐sugar and high-fat foods, especially trans-fats.