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Question: How does a vegetarian diet improve health risk?

Answer:

The lower risk of coronary artery disease and hypertension may be due to lower intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, plus greater intake of potassium, antioxidant nutrients, certain vitamins, plant sterols, and other phytochemicals. Lower risk of several forms of cancer may also be related to the protective effects of increased consumption of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber, and lower fat and protein consumption. Consumption of fruits and vegetables appears to be among the strongest protective factors for many diseases. increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is largely responsible for the healthy benefits of the vegetarian diet (as opposed to the reduction of meat consumption per se). Adding small amounts of low-fat meats to a good vegetarian diet does not appear to increased health risks significantly.

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