World Vegetarian Day: Why Veggies Are Good for Your Health
This October 1st, Know What It’s Like to Be a Vegetarian
If you’re not yet a fan of veggies, you might be this 1st of October as we celebrate World Vegetarian Day. This special occasion highlights the benefits of vegetarianism and encourages everyone to give a meatless lifestyle a try even for a single day. For long-time vegetarians, it’s simply an opportunity to preach and share their love for plant-based dishes.
Health Benefits of Vegetables
Broccoli, cabbages, spinach, carrots, and eggplants — are any of these a favorite of yours? Regardless of the veggies you enjoy eating, one thing’s for sure: They can do amazing wonders to your health. The reason? They’re packed with nutrients!
Vegetables are rich sources of minerals such as dietary fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins A and C. Consuming them daily can only mean one thing: a stronger immune system.
- Dietary fiber
This helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, lowers the risk of heart disease, and aids in the regulation of bowel function. Fiber is also good for weight management. Since high-fiber foods tend to keep you more filling than low-fiber foods, you’re more likely to eat less.
This helps form red blood cells, which explains why pregnant women are strongly advised to consume foods with adequate folate. Doing so will lower the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida, neural tube defect, and anencephaly, a form of a disorder where the baby is born lacking certain parts of their skull or brain.
- Potassium and magnesium
Vegetables high in these two minerals — including white potatoes, white beans, soybeans, lima beans, kidney beans, sweet potatoes, lentils, spinach, and tomato products — are known to maintain normal blood pressure. Incorporating any of these to your diet helps you reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
This plays a role in boosting immunity, managing fatigue, and treating anemia.
- Vitamins A and C
Vitamin A keeps your skin and eyes healthy while vitamin C helps heal wounds and maintains healthy gums and teeth.
Remember when your dear mother would tell you to eat your vegetables and your stubborn young self would grumpily resist? Now that you’re all grown up and perhaps maybe even a parent yourself, you’ve figured out that she had been right all along. Then again, it’s never too late to start loving veggies!
Not Just for Good Health
While everyone knows that a daily dose of greens and beans can be truly beneficial to one’s health, not many are aware that there are people who follow the vegetarian lifestyle for other reasons.
Certain cultures believe that eating meat is against the teachings of their religion, which is why Hindus and Buddhists are only allowed to consume milk, honey, and unfertilized eggs. Their beliefs are rooted in a philosophy of compassion toward the natural world. Thus, eating animal meat is an absolute contradiction of their beliefs.
Another group of vegetarians is comprised of those who are devoted to protecting animals. These plant-eaters have adopted the lifestyle out of pity for animals, considering how they are being treated at farms.
Ways to Celebrate World Vegetarian Day
One of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is by having plant-based dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And maybe vegan ice cream for dessert! Here are other ideas to consider:
- Look for interesting and unique veggie recipes to follow.
- Attend a vegetarian food festival.
- Take your family out to a vegetarian restaurant.
- Host a meat-free party.
- Try an international vegetable dish, such as Egypt’s national dish, Kushari, Portugal’s Caldo Verde, or Vietnam’s noodle-based dish, Mi Quang.
- Get creative by making your own salad recipe.
- Support your local farmers.
- Grow a vegetable garden.
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