Rotten minced beef, bird flu and dioxin-contaminated animal feed: The numerous meat scandals
have spoiled the appetite of some consumers. In addition, many Vegetarians also enjoy the benefits of a meatless diet. Numerous studies support a vegetarian lifestyle. Particularly the ovo-lacto-vegetarian variant is considered as health-promoting
. Vegetarians are less likely to be overweight and affected by chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. In general, vegetarians live longer thanks to their healthy diet. This is shown, for example, by the EPIC-Oxford Study, a long-term monitoring study conducted since 1993 that focuses on life-prolonging effects. According to this study, not eating meat seems to be an important measure to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer
– diseases associated with a high mortality rate. The same conclusion is reached by the Heidelberg Vegetarian Study of the German Cancer Research Centre.
What is certain is that even the absence of red and heavily industrially processed meat has a positive effect. After all, it contains a lot of saturated fats and cholesterol. Meat eaters also have an intestinal flora in which bacteria release a metabolic product that increases the harmful effects of cholesterol. Vegetable food, especially vegetables, seems to favour a good intestinal flora
. It is rich in dietary fibres containing prebiotics. From these, those intestinal bacteria that strengthen the immune system and prevent intestinal infections feed themselves. This is how a vegetable diet supports health-promoting bacterial strains. Take our intestinal test INTEST.pro
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