Vegetarians say cutting out meat and animal products prevents disease and heart attacks, but a recent study showed significant risks that began to appear on people who depend on nutrients, even fish-free.
Vegetarians often argue that vegetarian foods contain all the elements needed by the body, but the recent study found that vegetarians, although less suffering from heart attacks, they suffer more from strokes.
The study showed that the lifestyle without meat does not have the desired positive effects as promoted by vegetarians, but in addition to that this dietary pattern has significant damage to the body.
Despite the great dietary diversity of vegetarians, a long-term British study revealed that they are exposed to health problems, such as fatigue and frequent headaches.
Experts believe that these symptoms are due to lack of iron in the body, although the availability of iron in vegetarian food, the body absorption is faster in animal foods than in vegetarianism.
The 18-year study, led by the University of Oxford and published by the British Medical Journal, compared the data of 48,000 meat and vegetarians who had no heart disease or had suffered strokes in the past. Those who depend on vegetarian food that are devoid of meat, animal products and fish are more likely to have 20% more strokes than others.
Oxford University scientists attribute this to low vitamin levels, especially vitamin B12, where this important nutrient is found mainly in animal products and fish, as well as in dairy and cheese.
During the 18 years of the research period, 2820 cases of heart disease and 1072 strokes were recorded in the participants. High cholesterol levels in the body.
Although the study confirmed that this still requires research and other studies in order to prove the results conclusively, experts advised the importance of a full and varied diet for a healthier life.
Nutrition experts believe that food diversity is beneficial to the human body, because it supplies the body with various nutrients. Reducing the amount of meat eaten, adding more fish to the table and relying on a comprehensive dairy diet may be the best for a long healthy life, according to the British study.