There are many interesting facts about vegetarianism and veganism but here are some of them. Eat well, live well. Your health is your wealth.
- The first Vegetarian Society was formed in 1847 in England. The main aim of the members was to dispel the common belief that it’s not possible to lead a healthy life without eating meat.
- The first vegetarian cookbook in the UK was written in 1812.
- According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), a vegetarian or vegan diet is healthier than one that includes meat. Vegetarians have lower body mass indices, fewer deaths from heart disease, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, and lower rates of prostate and colon cancer
- Currently, 70% of the world’s vegetarians are Indians and there are more vegetarians in India than in any other country in the world.
- A fruitarian is a type of vegetarian in which a person eats just fruits, nuts, seeds, and other plant material that can be harvested without killing the plant.
- Famous vegetarians include Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Ford, Brad Pitt, Albert Einstein, Ozzy Osborne, and Hitler.
- Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat.
- People become vegetarians for several reasons, including ethical, health, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic, and economic concerns.
- Some vegetarians may not know that rennet is often used to make cheese and, therefore, unknowingly eat it. Rennet is extracted from the inner mucosa of the fourth stomach chamber of slaughtered young, unweaned calves.
- Vegetarians can be deficient in Vitamin B12, which only comes from animal sources.
- Vegetarianism is based on the ancient Indian and Greek philosophies. India, vegetarianism was based on the philosophy of ahimsa or nonviolence toward animals.
- he only vegetables with all eight types of essential amino acids in sufficient amounts are lupin beans, soy, hempseed, chia seed, amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa.
- Ethical vegans are vegans who reject the commodity status of animals or animals that are used for shelter, food, or clothing.
- One of the first famous vegetarians was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras who lived at the end of the 6th century B.C. In fact, the term “Pythagorean diet” was commonly used for a plant-based diet until the term “vegetarian” was coined in the 19th century.
- Russian author Leo Tolstoy gave up meat because he was concerned about animal cruelty. He claims that eating meat is unnecessary, leads to animalistic feelings, excites human desires, and encourages “fornication and drunkenness.”
- A well-balanced vegetarian diet is known to bestow a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease, bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.