Health effects of a vegetarian diet

SOME OF THE WAYS IN WHICH A VEGETARIAN DIET IS HEALTHY

Heart Disease
Vegetarians have the lowest rate of atherosclerotic heart disease of any group in the United States.

Meat eaters have a ten times greater risk of breast and colon cancer than do pure vegetarians.

Diabetes

On a low fat vegetarian diet 90% of adult-onset diabetics can reduce or entirely eliminate their insulin injections.

Bone Health

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from osteoporosis due partly to excess animal protein consumption.

Kidney Disease

Excess protein places great strain on kidney function.

Contamination of Breast Milk

Meat-eating women have levels of chemical pollution in their breast milk 35 times higher than in the breast milk of pure vegetarians.

–Adapted from Vegetarian Society of Hawaii statement. Jan.2013

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