“You are what you eat” they say out there, and it’s true. There are many myths and truths around food, and although you decide what is best for you, it never hurts to know some additional secrets.
Today we will tell you 10 things you should know about vegetarian food.
1. “Vegetarian” is actually a modern age word. It began to be used in the 19th century. Before that, people used “Pythagoras” to refer to a meatless diet. Pythagoras did not eat meat due to his belief that dead humans reincarnate into animals. He thought that killing and eating an animal was like eating a man. That animal could be a dead relative.
2. Vegetarianism was born in ancient India. In fact, 70% of the world’s vegetarians are currently Indian and there are more vegetarians in India than in any other country in the world.
3. Wheat is friendly to the planet. To produce meat, you need more than 2,500 litres of water, to grow half a kilo of wheat only takes 25 litres.
4. The consumption of cereals prevents the appearance of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes; regulates your glycaemic index, improves your digestion, blood sugar, and insulin reaction.
5. Vegetarian food favors brighter skin; this is because the skin better assimilates the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
6. Mushrooms or nuts are ideal to avoid vitamin D deficiency, present in fish such as salmon or tuna.
7. Vegetarian food, being low in calories, helps maintain your weight and avoid chronic diseases such as obesity.
8. Among the stars and the best-known historical figures who have opted for vegetarian cuisine: Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Paul McCartney (Beatles), Ozzy Osbourne, Sinead O’Connor and Brad Pitt.
9. “Vegetarian” defines people who adopt a plant-based diet. However, there are different eating styles that emerge from this regimen: Vegans, Ovo vegetarians, lactose vegetarians.
10. Several researchers argue that a vegetarian diet can feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, approximately 20,000 pounds of potatoes can be grown on one acre of land. Comparatively, only around 165 pounds of beef can be produced on 1 acre of land