Vegetarianism May Reduce Risk of Disease Vegetarianism May Reduce Risk of Disease
American Heart Association

Most vegetarian diets are low in animal products. There also usually lower than non-vegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.

According to the American Heart Association studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attacks), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.

Any type of vegetarian diet should include a wide variety of foods and enough calories to meet the energy needs of individuals.

It is recommended by the American Heart Association to keep your intake of sweets and fatty foods to a minimum. Chose whole or unrefined products when possible. Use a variety of fruit and vegetables. If you use milk, use a fat-free/non-fat and low fat varieties.

As far as protein, according to the American Heart Association, you don’t need to eat foods from animals to have enough protein. Plant proteins alone can provide enough essential and non-essential amino acids. Eat whole grains, legumes, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Soy protein has been shown to be equal to protein of animal origin.