Around the world and throughout the centuries many – if not most – societies have relied heavily on plant foods, with small amounts of animal protein. While these diets grew out of a mix of available foods and cultural patterns, today many people choose a vegetarian diet for its proven health beneﬁts.
Research shows that people following a vegetarian diet (plant foods plus eggs and dairy) or a vegan diet (plants food with no animal products) enjoy many of the following health beneﬁts:
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk for coronary heart disease
- Decreased risk of colon and breast cancers
- Lower cholesterol
- Less risk of diabetes
Oldways’ Vegetarian Diet Pyramid illustrates a healthy model of vegetarian eating, incorporating foods from many traditional diets around the world. Check out our Health Studies page to learn more about the health beneﬁts of a vegetarian diet.