There’s a theory that vegetarians are more peaceful, but new research shows it’s actually meat eaters who are LESS aggressive. What about our images of a grunting or growling animal snarling at anyone who dares take their meat away from them–Wouldn’t that go for humans, too? Football coaches feed their players big hunks of red meat before a game in hopes of pumping them up. The idea that meat would illicit aggressive behavior makes sense, as it would have helped our primate ancestors with hunting, co-opting and protecting their meat resources.
You know you should eat your vegetables but you should ALSO know that a salad isn’t always a salad, unless it’s DARK green! Even the Egyptians ate their vegetables!
A spinach salad has more nutritional value than a wedge of iceberg lettuce because darker colors in leafy vegetables are often signs of antioxidants that are thought to have a variety of health benefits. Now a team of plant physiologists has found a way to make lettuce even darker and therefore healthier using the same LEDs that power our digital clocks.
Vegetarians can pig out too. While they tend to eat healthier diets and are less likely than non-vegetarians to be overweight or obese, they may be at increased risk for binge eating with loss of control, and former vegetarians may be at increased risk for extreme unhealthful weight-control behaviors.
When researchers analyzed the eating habits of over 2,500 male and female vegetarians, they found that adolescents and young adults were more likely to report binge eating with loss of control compared to non-vegetarians. Examples of extreme unhealthful weight-control behaviors included “took diet pills,” “made myself vomit,” “used laxatives” and “used diuretics.”
Vegetarians may sometimes be smarter?but not always!
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…that you probably don’t suspect – They are: use mouthwash and become a vegetarian.
Although vegetarianism is assumed to be a healthier lifestyle, and vegetarians DO have less cancer in general, there is one kind of cancer that non meat-eaters get more often: colorectol cancer. Researchers can?t figure this one out, since colon cancer is generally associated with eating red meat.