Now, the West is also interested in following vegetarianism due to lot of reasons.
Eating a vegetarian diet has been associated with a lowered risk of diabetes; reducing chances of incidence by almost half. Cataract formation too, is highest for meat-eaters and lowest for vegetarians. Also, since vegetarian foods are rich in antioxidants, they help fight oxidative stress damage and in turn, reduce chances of being afflicted by cardiovascular diseases drastically.
Vegetarian foods are mostly very rich in nutrients such as folic acid, fiber, vitamins (chiefly A and C), unsaturated fats, phytochemicals and minerals such as magnesium, etc. These provide excellent support to the body and go a long way in keeping you in the pink of health.
Research has shown that eating animal fat itself has no health benefits as such, and thus, if removed from the diet, a certain number of detrimental effects will also be removed consequently. Studies have also proved that body fat and cholesterol levels are much lower for vegetarians than for regular meat-eaters.
Though there are exceptions, it has been found that in general, vegetarians tend to be much wiser about their choices of food and are less likely to binge on harmful fat-filled foods, such as meaty junk foods. This goes a long way in reducing chances of stroke and obesity, in both adults and children.
A particular acid, called arachidonic acid, plays a crucial role in triggering mood disturbances. However, vegetarian food contains a very low quantity of this particular substance. Thus, it improves overall mood and lowers the level of neuroticism (characterized by moodiness, anxiety, etc.) Also, research has suggested that consuming meat, fish, poultry etc may have a negative impact on your mood.