Almost all people with healthy impulses have contemplated seriously giving up meat at some point in their life.
If you’ve ever hesitated to take the plunge to veganism out of concern that you do not know how it will affect your body in the absence of your favorite burgers, don’t worry. According to Joan Salge Blake, an associate professor of nutrition at Boston University, “Biochemically, nothing will serious;y happen in your body.”
Below we will show some of the effects that your body will experience if you stop eating meat:
1 – Helps you to lose some pounds
Neal Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, George Washington University and president of the Committee of Physicians for Responsible Medicine, recently reviewed all clinical trials of vegetarian diets that are associated with weight loss.
Their findings, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reveal that going over to vegetables helps us to lose some pounds, even if the weight loss is not the main objective for becoming a vegetarian. The average weight loss tracked by Barnard is about three and a half kilos.
2 – You can earn some beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract and feel bloated (at least in the beginning)
“Our body contains digestive enzymes that deal with meat and vegetable proteins, and it does not change when we stop eating meat,” said Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at the University of California.
However, all indigestible carbohydrate which is found in sources of vegetable protein and other plant foods can alter the bacterial profile of our intestines. Experts believe that the inclusion of these carbohydrates can help boost the population of healthy bacteria in the gut.
Because it takes time for our intestinal tract to adapt to our new residents, it is possible that at first, we feel bloated.
3 – You will help to protect your heart
Several large-scale studies involving more than 76,000 men and women compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians with similar lifestyles.
The results demonstrate that death from ischemic heart disease (caused by narrowing or closure, severe coronary artery disease) was 24% lower in vegetarians than in meat-eaters, perhaps due in part to the anti-inflammatory character of plant-based diets.
4 – You can lose taste, and not just for meat
Zinc performs a great many functions within the body, including the strengthening of the immune system. But interestingly, this mineral, abundant in oysters and red meat, is also crucial to taste and the hearing.
A study conducted by the Institute of Health Bioscience the University of Tokushima, Japan, found that zinc deficiency is a predominant factor behind the deterioration of taste.
“Our hypothesis is that those people who have a diminished sense of taste, are not getting enough zinc through their diet.”
Despite the fact that beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy products provide some zinc, which the phytic acid found in whole grains, seeds, beans, and legumes may interfere with the absorption of the mineral. As a result, vegetarians may need up to 50% more zinc than meat-eaters.
5 – Your muscles may need more time to recover
The protein is essential to build muscle, maintain it, and repair it after a workout. That part is not negotiable, but as for the source of protein it does not matter if the protein is of plant or animal origin, the only thing that you should keep in mind is that this last one needs a bit more time to perform its task.
6 – It is possible that you may have to take some supplements
Studies suggest that vegetarians tend to get the same amount of iron as meat-eaters. Also do well with calcium and even vitamin B12, which is essential to have an appropriate nerve function.
However, you may have a deficiency of some nutrients if you do not pay attention to your diet, such as the zinc mentioned above, so that it may be advisable to supplement with some supplements.