Vegetarian Amy Joyce looking over fresh produce.
Vegetarian Amy Joyce looking over fresh produce. Lee Constable

Diet with little to no meat is great for long-term health

OPINION: 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.

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 which has jumped into the mix to cater to the wanting vegetarian crowds, and is being written up in every trendy food lover's guide in the city.

Pilgrims, based in Cronulla Sydney is packed to the max every weekend and most weekdays, with people cuing 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?

Being a vegetarian can help prevent

  • Heart disease
  • Colorectal and ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Find nutritionist Honor Tremain on Facebook at Honor Tremain Thriving Nutrition or to ask her a health or diet-related question, email honnutrition@hotmail.com.



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