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Reasons to become vegetarian – Health


A plant-based diet is healthy for all life stages, from babies through to the elderly.

Vegetarians live on average 6-9 years longer than meat eaters

Vegetarian diets can extend life expectancy, according to early findings from the Adventist Health Study-2. Vegetarian men live to an average of 83.3 years, compared with non-vegetarian men who live to an average of 73.8 years, which is 9.5 years longer. And vegetarian women live to an average of 85.7 years, which is 6.1 years longer than non-vegetarian women.

 Vegetarians have reduced incidence of heart disease, cancer and obesity because plant based diets have less/no animal products and are high in fruit and vegetables which are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibre.

It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and the NZ Vegetarian Society has lots of information and tips to help!

Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (2012), ‘Vegetarians live longer’. Available at:

Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. Available at: