Health statistics show an alarmingly higher percentage of diet-related illnesses and diseases in the US. with black Americans in or near the lead among racial groups. To counteract this, one of the emerging trends for many black women is that of vegetarianism. It is true that traditional vegetarianism focuses primarily on nutritional deficiencies. However, in recent years studies have confirmed its health benefits. Plant-based eating is not only recognized as being nutritionally sufficient, it is an excellent alternative for reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.
Vegetarianism calls for the elimination of all meats, while dairy and eggs are optional. For those of you who are wondering whether this is good or bad, you might be in for a surprise!
It is said that we are what we eat. This has become something of a cliché in our world. While the proverb is true on a general level, it applies equally at an ethnic level as well. Having certain dietary restrictions is no picnic without an understanding of the reasons why. The list below details some of the major benefits of a vegetarian diet specifically for black women.
1.) Reduced Cardiovascular Health Risk
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease ranks as the number one cause of death among black women. What is so alarming is that an estimated 49% of women are more prone to some form of heart disease as compared to other ethnicities. Collating information based on observational studies and clinical trials, it was found that a plant-based diet was consistently linked with improved heart health. This is due to vegetables and fruits being enriched with fiber and phytonutrients which are known to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. One study found that coronary heart disease along with the risk of death from cardiovascular disease was reduced by 40 percent.