• In general, vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and provide higher amounts of many vitamins and minerals than traditional western diets. (portsmouthhospital.com)
  • There is evidence that vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index, lower risk of obesity, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower homocysteine levels, lower risk of high blood pressure, and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. (wikipedia.org)
  • However, in non fortified vegetarian diets, and when not enough calories are consumed, these nutrients can be dangerously low and may compromise children's health and development. (wikipedia.org)
  • Compared with an omnivorous diet, following a vegetarian diet was associated with significantly lower TC and low-density lipoprotein 'bad' cholesterol (LDLC) in observational studies. (nutraingredients.com)
  • High-density lipoprotein 'good' cholesterol (HDLC) was also lower for vegetarians in both types of study, but there were no significant differences in triglyceride levels in either type of trial. (nutraingredients.com)
  • The researchers also recommended that referral to registered dieticians, who would advise on transitioning to a vegetable rich diet, would relieve time pressure on clinicians, while improving heart health in individuals with elevated cholesterol. (nutraingredients.com)
  • "The immediate health benefits of a plant-based diet, like weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improved cholesterol, are well documented in controlled studies," ​ said study author Susan Levin. (nutraingredients.com)
  • In observational studies, following a vegetarian diet was associated with 29.2 milligrams/ decilitre (mg/dL), (0.76 millimoles/litre (mmol/l)) lower TC than an omnivorous diet. (nutraingredients.com)
  • Vegetarian diets were correlated with a 12.5 mg/dL (0.32 mmol/l) lower LDLC level in observational studies. (nutraingredients.com)
  • "While observational studies present a higher risk of bias compared with clinical trials, they also reflect long-term effects of vegetarian diets on plasma lipids that are not apparent in most clinical trials," ​she explained. (nutraingredients.com)
  • But an increasingly popular discussion on the values of a meat-based diet in comparison to one that includes only plants continues to increase. (victoriaadvocate.com)
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