March 1, 2012

Plant-Based Food Fuels Good Mood

Happy_Vegetarian2.jpgThanks to nutrition experts and films like Forks Over Knives, we already know of the strong link between animal-based foods and preventable diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Now, a groundbreaking study published in Nutritional Journal finds that meat in our diet can also affect our mood. 

Researchers asked nearly 40 meat-eaters to try one of three diets: all-vegetarian, some fish, or daily meat consumption. After just two weeks, the people eating a completely vegetarian diet showed a significant drop in stress, while those eating animal products did not. 

According to the researchers, these results "suggest that consuming a diet high in meat, fish, and poultry may negatively impact mental state." They also advised exploring this connection further "as reductions in dietary meat [consumption] ... would not only reduce health risks but could benefit the environment as well." 

As science continues to shed light on the many health benefits of plant-based diets, common sense tells us that vegetarian eating is also good for the billions of animals who suffer on factory farms and in slaughterhouses each year. 

Ready to help animals while reaching greater levels of physical and mental health? Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and tips on getting started.
 
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