Vegetarianism – is it a diet or a lifestyle?
The World Vegetarian Day is celebrated on January 11th
There is an increasing number of people in Poland who declare having eliminated meat from their diet – for not only ideological, but also health reasons. Many people claim that vegetarianism is not only a diet, but also a lifestyle. The number of vegetarians increases year on year. According to some data, 8% of Poles are vegetarian. The number of people who experiment with vegan meals and reduce consumption of meat is increasing.
This tendency is very desirable as BECOMING A VEGETARIAN HELPS REDUCE THE RISK OF MANY ILLNESSES, INCLUDING CANCERS AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES. IT ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO LOSS OF WEIGHT, SPEEDS UP YOUR METABOLISM AND GIVES YOU ENERGY.
Did you know that consumption of meat contributes to the global problem of obesity?
Researchers from Australia believe that excess consumption of meat contributes to obesity just as much as sugar does. The results of this research have been published by two separate magazines: “Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences” and “BMC Nutrition” . Experts have explored the relation between obesity and consumption of meat in approximately 170 countries of the world. They have conducted a very broad analysis in each of these countries and concluded that consumption of sugar might contribute to obesity in approximately 50%, whereas the remaining 50% can be attributed to excess consumption of meat.
The conclusion of this analysis is as follows:
- It has long been known how important it is to warn the people against excess consumption of sugar and some fats.
- Animal protein should be regarded as an equally important factor of obesity
- Carbohydrates and fats in the modern man’s diet provide you with enough energy to meet the daily requirements. Animal protein is digested for a longer time than fats and carbohydrates, therefore the energy derived from it makes up an excess that the organism doesn’t need, so it transforms it into fat and stores in the form of body fat.
- In order to handle the issue of obesity today, attention should be given to consumption of sugar. Official guidelines on consumption of animal protein should be verified and implemented.
The concept of adverse effect of excess protein on metabolism and development of obesity has been reported for several years. However, its authors usually associated it with the high fat content of meat. However, the cited research presents a contrary conclusion: animal protein directly contributes to obesity.
Diet should be CORRECTLY BALANCED
No micro- or macro-nutrients can be missing. Protein contained in leguminous plants, quinoa, amaranth and tofu is a perfect alternative to meat. Vegetarians know that and supplement their menu with meals made using these ingredients.
Yummity products are vegetarian
Most of them are vegan and are a perfect solution for both vegetarians and persons who consume meat. They contain valuable natural ingredients. They are a source of protein, fibre and vitamins. They meet the needs of even the most demanding consumers who look for unique, healthy and unprocessed food products.
 Wenpeng You, Maciej Henneberg, Meat consumption providing a surplus energy in modern diet contributes to obesity prevalence: an ecological analysis, BMC Nutrition, 2016
Drawn up by Aneta Korzeniecka, nutritionist