Vegetarians are healthier

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Poppycock that lapsed vegetarians are at risk of cancer( March 30). A wealth of scientific evidence indicates that a plant-based diet is the healthiest one.

The scientific consensus is clear: people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, strokes and some types of cancer.

The University of Oxford recently reported on the largest-ever study of its kind, sampling 45,000 volunteers from England and Scotland, and found not only that vegetarians typically have “lower body mass indices (BMI) and fewer cases of diabetes as a result of their diets” but also that “the risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease is 32% lower.

In his landmark book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn documents his 100% success rate for unclogging people’s arteries through a plant-based (vegan) diet.

And when you choose vegan foods, you also help spare animals a horrifying death at the abattoir, protect the environment and combat climate change.

Now who could argue with that?

Jennifer White