By: Lee Helland
Now, let's bust one myth right off the bat: Going vegetarian does not automatically make you the picture of health. After all, there's no meat in candy bars! But, if you do it the right way (whole foods, healthy cooking, less junk) shifting to a plant-based diet could deliver these five sought-after health benefits.
Women who follow a vegetarian diet expand their lifespan by an average of 5 years, according to new data presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. It may be the result of vegetarians' lower body mass index, which canprotect against diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure.
Removing an entire food category-meat-from your diet means you have no choice but to reach for more plant-based options to satisfy your hunger. As a result, vegetarians have higher levels of fiber, which keeps you healthy and satisfied