Facts about vegetarians and vegans | News

I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want you to go vegetarian or vegan.

Compassion and love for animals was a big part of my reason for doing so. I’ve put together some interesting facts in this week’s column:

n Studies show a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16 percent faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first three hours after meals.

n A number of researchers argue while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore — flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not tearing.

n The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people it is possible…

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