The research involved 45,000 adults. About 15,000 of them were classified as vegetarians. Eleven years after the study began, researchers looked at the health records of the participants.
The vegetarians in the study had a 32 per cent lower risk of heart attack than did the non-vegetarians. The vegetarians also had lower blood pressure and better cholesterol levels.
Read the rest here: http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2013/09/23/vegetarian_diet_cuts_heart_disease_risk_new_study_says.html
This isn't entirely new information but it isn't exactly public knowledge yet so I feel the more articles there are about this the better! The health benefits are a wonderful bonus to this lifestyle.
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
I went to my general practitioner for a blood test (special vitamin B12 and some other). He said, you don't need to check your cholesterol because you are vegetarian (almost vegan).
My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
Years ago, my total cholesterol was 257. I read a lot of info about food & heart attacks & changed my diet. I got my total cholesterol down to 161 without any medication.....just by diet. Not too long after that I adopted a veg*n diet. My latest total cholesterol number was 172.
All animals should be respected & should have the ability to lead a natural & enjoyable life. This means not eating them, or abusing them in any way.