6 things that happen when you stop eating meat
Cutting meat out of your diet completely or reducing your meat consumption can be extremely beneficial to your health. Here are a few great reasons how switching to a plant-based diet can benefit your health in both the short and long run.
1) Plant based diets contain naturally occurring anti-inflammatory foods filled with fiber vs high-fat meats, processed meats, high-fat dairy products, and eggs, which contain high levels of saturated fat, and contribute to inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to a weakened immune system and even more health problems like, allergies, arthritis, osteoporosis and more.
2) Your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer will decrease immediately. Now you are now consuming a high-fiber diet of fruits and vegetables, unrefined grains and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Certain substances in meat have been linked to an increase risk of cancer, and animal products are filled with pesticides and toxins which can cause serious health problems.
3) You will reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your body since all plant foods don’t contain any cholesterol. Foods such as meats, cheese, and other animal products on the other hand contribute to increased levels of cholesterol. Therefore cutting these out of your diet will have a significant impact on your health.
4)Your risk of developing type two diabetes will drastically decrease. Consuming too much red meat and poultry can result in inflammation and can diminish how effective insulin works in your body. There is evidence that whole grains, in particular are excellent at preventing type two diabetes.
5)You may maintain a lower weight, due to the fact that you feel fuller for a longer period while consuming fewer calories. It’s important to carefully choose foods that are packed with fiber like fresh vegetables, black or kidney beans, lentils, avocados, nuts, and broccoli.
6) You may end up with a healthier gut. Plant-based diets are full of fiber and complex carbohydrates that come from foods like green vegetables, whole grains (oatmeal and pasta), beans, and starchy vegetables, so the levels of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut will increase. Fiber helps to naturally remove the bad bacteria from your system.
If you decide to go meat-free, it’s important to make sure you are taking in an adequate amount of protein as well as vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Some vegans take daily supplements to meet nutrient requirements and can include Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Iodine, Calcium, and Iron. It’s important to make smart food choices in order to achieve optimal health!