Eating healthy - A matter of heart
A plant-based diet, or eating more plant-based meals, is not only kinder to animals but will benefit your physical health and well-being.
“Just eating less meat has a protective effect. A National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate the most red meat daily were 30 percent more likely to die of any cause during a 10-year period than were those who ate the least amount of red meat. Sausage, luncheon meats and other processed meats also increased the risk.”
Mayo Clinic Official Website
Cardiovascular diseases accounted for around one‐fourth of all deaths in India in 2008. Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, are expected to be the fastest growing chronic illnesses in India; between 2005 and 2015 the growth rate was spotted 9.2% annually.
A vegan diet can help you improve your heart health. It can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by up to 32%. In general, meat and dairy products are high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which may contribute to heart diseases and heart attacks.
By contrast, plant foods are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol. On top of that, cholesterol-lowering nutritional components such as soluble fibers, unsaturated fats and phytochemicals, are found almost exclusively in plant foods. Keep in mind: heart disease prevention is better than cure.
“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.”
Dr. Michael Greger
Dr. Wareham, heart
surgeon: 100 years old, a
vegan for 50 years and in
Dr. Wareham has been following a plant-based diet for 50 years. The physician refers to a study by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which shows that a low-fat and pure plant-based diet may stop heart disease. He explains this in an interview with the website Veggie Channel:
“As long as your cholesterol level is lower than 150, the possibility of getting a heart attack is very low. I have a cholesterol level of 117. I would not even go for an ECG examination if I had chest pain. One third of the population in the USA will die due to heart diseases. It can be prevented, and it is well worth it.”
Based on data from the 2007 National Family Health Survey, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India in the 21st century, with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population. Being overweight can lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Compared to the total population, people who stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet generally have a lower weight and Body Mass Index, and people who only eat plant-based foods even have the best results. A vegan diet can help with healthy weight loss, healthy being the imperative word here. It can help both men and women maintain a healthy weight range for their height.
Light and easy – Every day
My acidity literally vanished in three days! I felt great and decided to give the whole plant based diet a shot for some more time. The side-effect was that I lost 12 kilos in eight months! It has taken me three years to get from 65 kgs to 62 kgs and I was stagnant at that for years…and now i weigh 50 kilos!
“I reduced my weight by 17.6 kgs. eating the plant-based whole foods. I am loving this new lifestyle. It not only helped me with weight loss, it changed my life.”
How to avoid diabetes!
According to the statistics of the International Diabetes Federation there are nearly 50 million people living with diabetes in India. Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate of conversion, not only converting people with pre-diabetes to diabetes, but also people with normal glucose levels are moving to pre-diabetes rapidly and turning diabetic.
What can be done to avoid diabetes? Many diabetes specialists would advise you on reducing your meat consumption, cutting out meat entirely, or switching to a healthy, vegan diet. Did you know, vegetarian and vegans have up to a 62% lower risk of developing diabetes, compared to non-vegetarians.
Natural cancer prevention
The development of cancer is influenced by age, environmental factors, individual behaviour and genetic predisposition, but one-third of all cases are related to poor nutrition. As per the National Cancer Registry Programme of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), more than 1,300 people succumb to cancer every day. Cancer has become one of the major causes of death occurring in the country because it is linked to communicable and lifestyle ailments.
Compared to non-vegetarians, people who eat mainly vegan foods have a much lower risk of suffering or dying from cancer. There are a number of reasons for this but is one is that bowel cancer is definitely caused by processed red meat while other kinds of meat are set to be ‘probable’ cause of cancer. Another reasons is that those who leave animal products from their diet inevitably consume more plant products- and fruits and vegetables. Lower average body weight and low-fat nutrition of vegetarians and vegans can also contribute to their protection of cancer.
Reaching new peak performances
“Becoming vegan gave me a decisive benefit for my athletic challenges: Generally, I feel much fitter. And after training I practically no longer suffer from aching muscles. This reduces my recovery time significantly, so that I can directly continue to work out. It was the most important decision for my athletic success.”
Ben Urbanke, extreme cyclist and author of “Be Faster. Go Vegan”
Some more health benefits of vegan diet
“Going vegan was a complete detoxification for my entire body. I lost 12 kgs. Not just that, my skin is glowing and my hair texture has improved. I feel more peaceful and confident now.”
“I turned vegan in 2012. My immune system has improved since then. Earlier I used to fall ill very frequently. Now it has reduced. Before going vegan, I had rheumatoid arthritis. During winters my fingers used to swell and become stiff.
After turning vegan, the arthritis seems to have disappeared. I have very little or no pain/swelling in my fingers during winter for the past 4 years.”
Manisha Gambhir Parekh
“I feel unusually light and alert. Everything seemed to require less effort. Getting myself to exercise is much easier. There was no heaviness after I ate, no recovery period. My morning grogginess went away much quicker. There was no 3 o’clock wall. I don’t get tired until bedtime. All in all, i’m just a much happier, healthier person.”