Eating a balanced vegetarian diet will supply all of the essential nutrients you need to help you keep fit and healthy. In fact, a varied vegetarian diet can offer a wide range of real health benefits - research has shown that vegetarians suffer less from obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, certain diet related cancers, diverticular disease, appendicitis, constipation and gallstones.
The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada have stated: "Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals."
Some studies suggest that maintaining a vegetarian diet can help to control weight as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. Vegetarians tend to have lower body mass indices, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and less incidences of heart disease, hypertension, some forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes, renal disease, osteoporosis, and dementias such as Alzheimer’s Disease.