I love cooking simple, healthy, easy meals for my friends and family.
But, my biggest love is vegetarian cooking. For me, I feel it is a much healthier diet. I converted to a vegetarian diet for a mix of health and moral reasons and have never looked back. I love trying out new recipes and creating wonderful vegetarian chili, curry, burgers, salads and other everyday, healthy dishes. There is an abundance of fresh, wholesome food to choose from, mixing colours, flavours, textures to produce excellent meals the whole family will love.
Here are a few interesting vegetarian food facts that I have come across over the last few days. Some I already knew, but some have really surprised me!
** Vegetarianism has traditionally been linked to the people of ancient India. Even today, Indians make up more than 70 percent of the world’s vegetarian population.
** A well balanced vegetarian diet is known to bestow a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease, bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.
** Not only do most vegetarians eat more healthfully than meat eaters, they tend to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco and exercise regularly. So, a lifestyle that includes these good habits is one that will help you control your weight.
** A 2006 study, examining the impact of a typical week’s eating, showed that plant-based diets are better for the environment than those based on meat.
** The China Study was a 20-year study that compared the mortality rates of meat eaters and plant eaters. They found that countries that ate more animal-based food were more likely to have higher death rates from “Western diseases,” while countries that ate more plant food were healthier.
** Famous vegetarians include Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Ford, Brad Pitt, Albert Einstein and Ozzy Osborne amongst others. One of the first famous vegetarians was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras who lived at the end of the 6th century B.C. Ironically, the original actor who played Ronald McDonald, Jeff Juliano, is now a vegetarian.
** A recent study argues that people who eat tofu and other plant-based foods have a better sex life than meat-eaters It claims that certain plants influence hormone levels and sexual activity. And, research reveals that if a man avoids red meats, it improves the sex appeal of his body odour.
** The first vegetarian cookbook in the UK was written in 1812.