By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:15:01 AM.
Iodine is a part of thyroid hormones, which assist regulate metabolism, growth, and function of key organs. Vegans may not get adequate iodine and may be at danger of deficiency and possibly even a goiter. In addition, foods such as soybeans, Cruciferous vegetables, and sweet potatoes may develop a goiter. However, only 1/4 teaspoon of iodized salt a day gives a significant amount of iodine. One plan to transition to a vegetarian diet is to slowly reduce the meat in your diet while increasing fruits and vegetables. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
In another study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, researchers tracked 45 people: 20 meat-eaters and 25 vegans who had been following the approach for an average of 12 years. Body mass index was appreciably lower among the vegans, nine of whom had a BMI of below 19, the researchers found; a BMI below 18.5 suggests a person is underweight. More than 60 overweight, post-menopausal women were split into two groups: Half followed a vegan diet, and the other half followed a National Cholesterol Education Program diet (low in fat and dietary cholesterol). After a year, vegan dieters lost more weight than did the NCEP group: 10.8 pounds compared with 3.9 pounds. The pattern held up after two years, when the vegans still weighed 6.8 pounds less than they did when the study began, compared with 1.8 pounds for the NCEP group, according to findings published in 2007 in Obesity.
Some people develop a semi‐ vegetarian diet — also called a Flexitarian diet — which is essentially a plant-based diet but involves meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, and fish on occasion or in tiny quantities. To get the most out of a vegetarian diet, take a variety of fresh plant-based foods, such as whole fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, and whole grains. At the same time, lower back on less healthy choices, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, and refined grains. If you want help, a registered dietitian could assist you in creating a vegetarian plan that is right for you.
Excellent athletes, such as famous martial artist Mac Danzig, don’t consume animal products. They're in best form, capable of demonstrating amazing levels of focus, speed, strength, and flexibility. This alone shows that there's no true need for animal products in our diets.