The Importance Of A Vegetarian Diet

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In the context of nutrition, a diet is consumed foods which often implies a specific intake for health reasons. There are numerous kinds of diets but, a plant-based diet consists of foods derived from plants including fruits, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains with very few animal products. Personal tastes influence an individual's dietary choices. That same dietary an individual has may or may not be healthy. A non-healthy diet can lead to health consequences such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension. They pose serious health risks when lipid levels panels are not within healthy limits. A Lipid level panel is a blood test that's used to check cholesterol levels in the blood. The lipid profile normal values differ…show more content…
In fact, the research conducted displayed total cholesterol lowered by 12.5 mg/dL. Vegetarian diets have a positive impact on the overall health and body weight that could help regulate plasma lipids. According to (Yokoyama et al .., 2017) "Those [individuals] who have followed vegetarian dietary patterns for longer periods may have healthier body compositions as well as better adherence to a vegetarian diet, both of which may have an effect on blood lipids" (p. 694). Twenty-five percent of bad cholesterol comes from foods high in saturated fat, and trans fat.since fat cannot dissolve in water not to mention blood, the body packages the fat into low- density lipoproteins while simultaneously carrying cholesterol transferring the two from the liver to the rest of the body. These trans and saturated fats are only found in either processed or animal product foods. As a result of consuming high amounts of trans fat, the LDL levels can rise whereas lower HDL levels. In general, cholesterol only exists in animal products. When there is consumption of animal products, there is an increase of cholesterol and lipids that are not needed due to the body's natural production. Research by Rao & Al-Weshahy (2008) supports this by stating "the main source of saturated fats and cholesterol are products of animal origin, therefore it can be assumed that a vegan diet which excludes all products of animal origin could be beneficial in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis development"(p.478). Not only can a plant-based diet prevent atherosclerosis but also decreasing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hypertension which all these problems arise from atherosclerosis. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol. Lipid profiles benefit from plant-derived foods such fruits, vegetables, and beans. The
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