People go vegetarian for many reasons: for health, religious beliefs, animal welfare, to decrease antibiotics and hormones in their diet, to save money or to eat more sustainably.
In fact, most of the world’s population eats a majority vegetarian diet.
In general terms, being a vegetarian means to not consume any form of animal flesh: meat, chicken, pork, or fish.
But science is discovering that eating a diet with little to no meat and making vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains the focus of your meals has some great health benefits.
Hundreds of studies, including those published by Harvard University and the American Dietetics Association are unveiling the health boosting properties of vegetarianism, such as preventing:
- Heart disease
- Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers
- And Hypertension (high blood pressure).
And even if you don’t want to commit to becoming a complete vegetarian, you can still gain health benefits by steering your diet in that direction by swapping some meat based meals with plant-based sources of protein, such as lentils, mung beans, tofu, tempe, humus baked beans and more.
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to pop into an extremely popular cafe who’s jumped into the mix to cater to the wanting vegetarian crowds, and is being written up in every trendy food lovers guide in the city.
Pilgrims, based in Cronulla Sydney is packed to the max every weekend and most weekdays, with hungry health conscious people cuing down the stairs, onto the street and around the block to get a taste of their delicious, purely vegetarian menu from bliss burgers to a full breakfast- and they are truly blissful!!
Eating less meat can help your heart, weight, blood sugars and your pocket, so why not give it a shot?