Yes, you are definitely reading it right. Gone are the days when people used to think that vegetarian food is not healthy enough and you don’t get proper nutrition from it. It has been scientifically proven that by keeping a vegetarian diet you can actually cure or at least control most of the adverse effects of these diseases. So, let’s get to it then. Here is a list of diseases that can be cured by keeping a vegetarian diet.
1. Liver disease
A growing health concern is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD. In an analysis of over 3,000 subjects in the Netherlands, increased dietary proteins from animal sources (meat) were associated with a greater risk of developing NAFLD. This means that just by avoiding to eat meat, you reduce your chances of getting this illness. Go green and protect your liver.
2. Type 2 diabetes
In a long-term study from Finland of over 2,000 men followed over 19 years, it was seen that replacing even 1 percent of calories from animal proteins with plant proteins lowered the risk of developing diabetes by 18 percent. So now you know how you can control your diabetes too. But obviously, you will have to keep a check on your sugar intake.
In an analysis of 21 studies examining diet and depression, eating red and processed meats increased the risk of depression by over 25 percent. On the other hand, eating fruits and vegetables decreases the chances of having depression by the same percentage. Now you can decide yourself what type of food you want to it.
In a study of processed red meat consumption and asthma symptoms, eating cured red meat over four times a week increased the odds of having worsened asthma by 76 percent. Asthma is a deadly and lifelong disease that often tends to affect children as well. And eating red meat only worsens their condition.
5. Stomach cancer
Researchers combined 42 studies relating diet to stomach cancer and found that higher intake of red meat increased the risk by 70 percent while processed red meat increased it by 80 percent. This data was in comparison with people who don’t eat meat at all. Thus, it was actually seen that being vegetarian not only helps you reduce your chance of having cancer but also pushes you towards a healthy lifestyle which is what you would want eventually.