Physicians believe that vegetarian diets are not absolutely safe. Excessive intake of carbohydrates, unbalanced nutrition and lack of exercise may have adverse effects on health, especially many vegetarian diets containing high fat, high salt, and high calories will increase the risk of disease .
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[Health Channel/Comprehensive Report] In recent years, Chinese people's health awareness has risen, and many people have begun to become vegetarians, but is it really healthier to be vegetarian?
Huang Xuan, a thoracic and intensive care specialist, believes that vegetarian diets are not absolutely safe. Excessive intake of carbohydrates, unbalanced nutrition and lack of exercise may have adverse effects on health, especially many vegetarian diets contain high fat, high salt, high calories, etc. Diet increases the risk of disease, and inactive people are more likely to have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Many people have questioned why nearly half a hundred vegetarians are still in poor health?
Huang Xuan posted on his Facebook fan page "Dr. Ooi Hean Huang Xuan" that vegetarians usually consume more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. These foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which are beneficial to human health , and studies have shown that these nutrients can help reduce cancer risk.
For example, dietary fiber helps prevent colon cancer, and rich antioxidant substances can reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
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Be careful with high-fat, high-salt, high-calorie foods
"A vegetarian diet is not absolutely safe or guaranteed to prevent cancer." Huang Xuan said bluntly that excessive intake of carbohydrates, unbalanced nutrition and lack of exercise may have adverse effects on health, especially the high fat, high salt and More attention should be paid to high-calorie foods.
Foods include nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and avocados, etc. Although these foods are mainly unsaturated fats, which are good for cardiovascular health, excessive intake of fats will not only lead to weight gain, but may also cause excess calories in the body to accumulate Fat, too much visceral fat will cause the body to produce inflammatory substances and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition, too much fat in the body can also affect endocrine. Fat cells can easily block insulin transmission, cause insulin resistance, and increase the risk of diabetes.
Salt mainly exists in processed foods, condiments and pickled vegetables.
High salt intake is associated with health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke; nitrite in pickled vegetables is also bad for health, and long-term excessive intake may increase the risk of stomach cancer and bladder cancer.
food: High-calorie food refers to food containing a lot of carbohydrates and fats, such as candy, pastry and fried food, etc. Excessive intake of high-calorie vegetarian food may lead to weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.
Obesity linked to increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease
In addition, vegetarians often have the problem of being overweight. Huang Xuan pointed out that according to recent epidemiological surveys, most cancers are related to overweight, such as postmenopausal women. 1.5 times that of non-obese people; the probability of endometrial cancer is 2 to 4 times that of non-obese people; the probability of gastric cancer is 2 times that of non-obese people; the probability of esophageal adenocarcinoma is 2 times that of non-obese people; The probability is 2 to 4 times that of non-obese people.
In addition, according to the European Society of Cardiology, abdominal obesity is also a risk indicator for heart disease. In other words, "a beer belly may also increase the risk of heart attack." People who are more prone to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, slow metabolism, low immunity, and more likely to get sick.
Beer belly may raise risk of heart attack, study shows; pictured here.
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Exercise more and pay attention to dietary nutritional diversity
Huang Xuan reminded that if vegetarians want to eat healthy and live longer, it is recommended that adults exercise at least 5 days a week, with 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous physical activity a week.
In addition, relying solely on a vegetarian diet is not absolutely safe.
Excessive intake of carbohydrates and unbalanced nutritional intake, as well as sitting, eating, praying to Buddha, and not moving the body, may still have adverse effects on health.
Therefore, when choosing low-fat, low-salt, and low-calorie food structures, you should maintain a balanced, moderate amount and pay attention to nutritional diversity. You must also get up and walk around every half an hour to maintain health.
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