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The Veg Yourself Pledge is upon us again. Sign the pledge to eat vegetarian at least one day a week for the rest of the Spring 2012 semester.
The "Veg Yourself" Pledge is a pledge to eat vegetarian at least one day a week until the end of the Spring 2012 semester. By focusing on the food groups we never eat enough of, yet are so good for our well-being, we hope this pledge will help establish healthy habits for you and the planet. When pledging to "veg yourself" consider how many days each week you can "veg" and really challenge yourself! There is a whole world of great food out there, and you will see the caf in a whole new way- you just might be more creative with your food, and more satisfied.
Consider these facts:
Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI)
In the United States, more than 9 billion livestock are maintained to supply animal protein consumed in a year (the U.S. population is around 300 million), and the meat-based food system requires more energy, land, and water resources
Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and have higher levels of dietary ﬁber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, ﬂavonoids, and other phytochemicals.
Eating more fruits and vegetables usually results in a reduced risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Vegetarians avoid the animal fat linked to cancer and get abundant fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals that help to prevent cancer. In addition, blood analysis of vegetarians reveals a higher level of “natural killer cells,” specialized white blood cells that attack cancer cells.
(Information gathered from USDA, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Dietetic Association, and PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine))
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