Vegetarian means lower body fat levels

Vegetarian means lower body fat levels

Another fascinating insight into how the body works over longer periods of time on a plant-based wholefood diet.

“What was kind of interesting to observe was the caloric intake was similar; however, the obesity prevalence and the BMI had strong differences between the two groups”
Nico Rizzo, author of the study, assistant professor at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health.

What did the study discover?

  • Even when eating the exact same amount of calories, vegetarians have a lower percentage of body fat compared to meat-eaters
  • Vegetarians have a healthier body mass index, or BMI, than meat-eaters
  • Meat-eaters had 71% higher BMI levels
  • Meat-eaters had the lowest intake of fibre, magnesium and beta carotene
  • Meat-eaters had the highest consumption of unhealthy fats
  • Strict vegetarians had good healthy levels of vitamins D and B12
  • This massive long term research has already found that vegetarians have a lower risk and rates of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancers, diabetes and metabolic syndrome

Study by Nico S. Rizzo, PhD, "Nutrient Profiles of Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Dietary Patterns” as published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on August 28, 2013.  The Loma Linda University research was taken from the landmark Adventist Health Study II, a long-term investigation of disease rates and risks among Seventh-day Adventists in USA and Canada, covering five types of diets among 71,751 people.  The similarity of lifestyle makes these Adventists ideal subjects for epidemiological studies as they all live very similar lives (regular exercise, not smoking or drinking) – excluding meat-eating.  As reported by The Press Enterprise and The Huffington Post on October 4, 2013.


Posted: Sunday 20 October 2013