Vegans are a growing tribe in America. Still the majority of people are primarily meat eaters in America. The day starts with Bacon or chicken sandwich for many people. We also see huge number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes. Although both of these diseases may not be directly related to meat eating, they do influence these factors indirectly. The reason is meat eaters usually eat less amount of vegetables and plant based products. Plant products contain a nutrient which is missing in all meat based products. That is fiber.
How Fiber Helps
Fiber is a gift of nature. It is present in the outer cell wall in the plant cells and it is not digestible by the body. You may wonder if it is not digestible then how fiber can help be called a nutrient. Although it is not absorbed by the body it can still be called as a nutrient since it is required by the body to have healthy gut function as well as healthy heart.
There are two kinds of fiber. Soluble fiber which dissolves in water and they are good for the heart since they trap the bad cholesterol and help reduce their levels. There is another kind of fiber called insoluble fiber which does not dissolve in the water. This kind of fiber is good for the digestive system health as they can clear the digestive system of the food material being digested.
Major source of Soluble fiber are oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots whereas Insoluble fiber can be found in whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.
Why You Should Stick To Vegetarianism Once a Week
Usually we like to eat food which we find tasty. Taste is a thing which develops in each human being. For example you would find that the food which your mom cooks is the tastiest. The reason is you have developed a taste for the food which your mom cooks. Similarly meat eater are reluctant to eat vegetarian foods as they do not find them tasty. That is why it is very important to have a day in the week when you family should eat vegetarian food only.
What are the Benefits?
- You will develop a taste for vegetarian foods and have more options next time you eat out. Usually you do not need to deep fry vegetables where as many meat products are deep fried. Deep fried foods are very bad for the heart health.
- You will get more fiber and improve your health by reducing obesity, reduce the risk of heart diseases and control the blood sugar levels. If you eat different types of fruits and vegetables, you will be able to fulfill both soluble and insoluble fiber needs.
- You will get more nutrients which can easily be absorbed by the body.
- Your gut health will improve and you would be less like to develop constipation.
Usually around 30 to 35 grams of fiber is recommended but many other do suggest going for fiber up to 50 grams depending on the amount of food you take. There are many cases such as this which proves that fiber helps in reducing weight. Taking vegetarian food for the entire day helps not only in achieving the fiber needs, it also makes you healthier and removes cravings. Who knows you may end up having more vegetarian days in the week once you start enjoying the delicious salads and other curries. Go and give it a try.