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Benefits of a meat free diet – more hair, testosterone and less erectile dysfunction!

Eating meat doesn’t make men manly! A common misconception is that women tend to eat salads and smoothies while men (the natural hunter-gatherer) takes care of the steak on the barbecue in the backyard.

In fact, there are many benefits of having a meat-free diet. (The biggest thing we have to overcome is the stigma of men needing to feel less butch because they are snubbing steaks).

Vegetarians and vegans eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, which are rich in fibre and vitamins, they are also less likely to eat fewer calories and tend to be less overweight than meat-eaters.

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What’s more, studies have found that vegan men have MORE testosterone. They’re also less likely to have erectile dysfunction! And also live longer! Plus, eating a healthy, balanced plant-based diet is extremely beneficial for your hair growth, as it’s high in vitamins and minerals.

Whatever your reasons for not eating meat, it’s good to know there are plenty of delicious and healthy meat-free recipe alternatives to choose from…

Benefits of a meat free diet

The benefits of a meat-free diet

Studies suggest there are many scientific benefits to eating a well-balanced diet that doesn’t contain any meat in it. In fact, this type of diet can help you combat these health issues:

  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Potentially cancer
  • Live longer
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Less likely to have erectile dysfunction

***However, it’s important that you maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet to see any benefits. As a diet high in cheese could increase your chances of many of the above health issues!

Different types of vegetarian diets

Although being a vegetarian usually refers to eating a plant-based diet, there are different types of meat-less diets such as:

Lacto Ovo vegetarian

people who don’t eat any meat, seafood but eat dairy, eggs and plant foods.

Ovo vegetarian

People who do not eat meat, seafood or dairy but do eat eggs and plant foods.

Lacto vegetarian

People who do not eat meat, seafood and eggs but do eat dairy foods and plant foods

Vegan

People who don’t eat meat, seafood, eggs or milk and only eat plant foods.

These others aren’t necessarily vegetarian but they do include restrictions on the amount of animal food that is eaten.

Pescatarian

People who do not eat any meat, but do eat seafood, dairy foods, eggs and plant foods.

Flexitarian

People who mainly have a plant-based diet but occasionally meat and seafood.

How to start a vegetarian diet

If you don’t want to go cold turkey you could try easing yourself in by having meatless meals once or twice a week instead.

6 reasons people turn vegan

Benefits of a meat free diet

More and more of us are turning to the vegan diet. According to a recent survey by the Vegan Society, the number of people living off a plant-based diet has increased by more than 360% in the last decade. So, what’s behind this huge turnaround?

1. Ethical reasons

For some, going meat-free seems like the only answer as they dislike the thought of eating another animal, as well as from animals kept for eggs or milk.

They may then decide to abstain from eating all animal products.

2. To help the environment

Some people turn to a plant-based diet for environmental reasons. Livestock such as cows and pigs require vast amounts of land, this can cause deforestation.

There’s also an argument that the more livestock there is the more carbon monoxide is pumped into the atmosphere, creating more greenhouse gases.

3. Health benefits

Others opt for a vegan diet for health reasons, they may want to detox, cut out certain food groups or lose weight.

There are also links to a vegan diet and a decrease in the rates of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

4. Longevity

Many people who have a plant-based diet believe that it will help prolong their lifespan. There are many studies to support this view too. For men, there’s an increased chance of 7-8 years more of life.

5. They find eating meat and dairy unnatural

For some, eating animals goes against what they consider to be human nature. They believe our bodies don’t naturally digest meat or they don’t like the idea of drinking milk from another animal.

6. To lose weight

Another benefit, many finds, is that when they stick to a plant-based diet they shed the kilos pretty quickly. This is because dairy food and meat produce is often very fatty.

Check out these healthy meat-free recipes

Healthy Spinach Balls Recipe

This tasty Spinach Balls recipe makes 4 serves (around 20 balls). They make the perfect savoury healthy snack to grab on the go. Just store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to grab when you need a healthy snack. High in fibre to help with digestion to promote a leaner tummy.Spinach-Balls

Easy Cheesy Corn Poppers Prepared In The Air Fryer

If you’re looking for a new favourite savoury snack, look no further than these cheesy corn poppers. These delicious and easy to make bites are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Simply irresistible!!

Cooked in an Air Fryer they are lower in fat and calories than traditional deep-fried poppers – perfect if you are looking to shed some kilos.  Plus, because you don’t need any fancy ingredients to make them, they are kind on the budget too!

Get this recipe here.

Choc Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Banana and chocolate work so well together and this Choc Chip Banana Bread recipe makes use of both ingredients fantastically.Choc chip banana bread

Get this recipe here.

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