I am a vegetarian so I am healthy. Right?

fruitsandvegetablesNot necessarily. Being vegetarian does not equate with being healthy. It is a big step in the right direction, but it alone is not enough. Fruits and vegetables should be a large part of everyone’s diet. The more you eat the better. Fruits and vegetables are low calorie, filled with nutrients, and loaded with fiber. Whole grains are also a healthy part of your diet as are seeds and nuts. Unfortunately, many foods that are vegetarian are also unhealthy. Sugar is vegetarian, but obviously unhealthy. Bread is vegetarian and unhealthy. In fact, many processed foods are vegetarian, but quite unhealthy. Processed foods are loaded with empty calories. They have very few nutrients or fiber. They cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to increased inflammation and weight gain. Being vegetarian, but eating bread, chips, pretzels, cookies and cakes will lead to weight gain. This will lead to increased inflammation, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and eventually diabetes. Remember, the goal of healthy eating is to eat more whole, unprocessed foods. Foods that are unprocessed tend to be loaded with nutrients, phytonutrients, and fiber. These foods help prevent disease unlike processed foods which promote disease. So remember the goal of healthy eating is to eat foods that promote weight loss and good health. Being a vegetarian can be a big step in the right direction, but alone is not enough.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

One thought on “I am a vegetarian so I am healthy. Right?”

  1. You are right on target doctor. If we all ate this kind of diet (fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and nuts) and reduced our eating out and eating packaged and process foods, we would likely reduce our burdening health care costs to 10 to 15 percent of what it is today.

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