October 1st World Vegetarian Day

October 1st World Vegetarian Day: what to know

Perhaps not everyone knows that the October 1st World Vegetarian Day is celebrated, la World Vegetarian Day. In the 1970s it was decided to set up a day to reflect and talk about the benefits of the vegetarian diet. Not only for human health, but also for a matter of environmental protection and animal rights protection.

For many people who embrace what is a real lifestyle, it is an ethical choice and respect for other living beings. In addition to prevention for human health. In fact, it has been shown that foods of plant origin are good for and guarantee all the nutrients necessary for the well-being of body and mind.

Let’s find out, then, together why World Vegetarian Day is dwarf, what its purpose is and what are the benefits of this diet, increasingly chosen by Italians.

When the World Vegetarian Day was born

Il World Vegetarian Day it was first celebrated on October 1, 1977, thanks to the North American Vegetarian Society, NAVS. The celebration day was then officially approved the following year, in 1978, by the International Vegetarian Union.

Every year the whole world organizes events on this day, to talk more about the vegetarian diet and its benefits for everyone, people, animals and the environment.

Because World Vegetarian Day was born

World Vegetarian Day has a very important meaning, representing the first day of the Vegetarian Awareness Month, which effectively ends on November 1st, World vegan day.

All over the world, associations, institutions, organizations invite people to participate in events to explain how a correct vegetarian diet can be useful for the health of each of us.

A day to raise awareness on the importance of increasing the consumption of fruit, nuts, vegetables, legumes in daily nutrition, not only for health issues, but also for environmental, ecological and ethical reasons.

Other world days with a vegetarian and vegan theme

In addition to the World Vegetarian Day, there are also other anniversaries dedicated to a healthier and more respectful lifestyle:

  • September in the United States of America is National fruit and vegetable month
  • In the first week of October in many countries of the world, especially in Europe, the International vegetarian week
  • November 1, however, is the World vegan dayestablished in 1994 on the anniversary of the birth of The Vegan Society
  • Furthermore, the month of November is Vegan Awareness Month o World vegan month
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Vegetarian lifestyle

Il vegetarianismin fact, it is a way of life. Very often we talk about simple passing fashion, when instead, even the experts, underline that it is a different approach to health, which passes through the food we bring to our tables.

A lifestyle choice that is not only that of giving up meat and fish, but that also embraces other decisions, such as those of not being complicit in a system that does not provide for the protection and well-being of animals and not just people. An ethical and supportive path to take, to follow an eco friendly and cruelty free style.

Anyone who talks about simple fashion does not know that vegetarianism is nothing new in recent times. It even seems that even Pythagoras, who lived in the sixth century, used to avoid the consumption of meat, inviting everyone to follow his example.

Many philosophers, historical figures, artists, great minds of the past have supported this choice, which today is increasingly embraced by people who are aware of how much a greater consumption of plant-based products is advisable.

Is man omnivorous or vegetarian?

Human beings are by nature omnivores. This means that the body is predisposed to eat, chew, digest and assimilate nutrients of both animal and vegetable origin. Another thing, however, is there food choice that you decide to do, both for health reasons and for reasons of ethics and respect for the planet.

According to the data of the Eurispes Italy 2021 Report, now in its 33rd edition, 1 in 10 people in Italy is vegan or vegetarianrepresenting 8.2% of the total population, with a small decrease compared to 2020, but with data above the average from 2014 to today.

In detail, vegetarians would be 5.8% of the population, vegans 2.4%. Women are more likely to choose a vegetarian diet (6.9% versus 4.7%). Among vegans, however, men are more (2.7% against 2%).

For 23.1% it is a choice dictated by the desire to protect animals and the planet, while 12.3% is driven by reasons relating to health. Others do it for animal rights reasons (20.7%), out of respect for the environment (11.2%), because they are intrigued by the diet (9.5%), because in this way you eat less and better (5.9 %).

Is it better to be vegetarian or vegan?

As already pointed out, the vegetarian and vegan diets they are healthy only if followed in a correct and balanced way, bringing in your diet all the nutrients necessary for the body to function well. It would always be better to be followed by a nutritionist, because nutritional deficiencies can lead to even serious health problems.

As for the choice, between be vegetarian or vegantherefore excluding only meat and fish from one’s diet, in the first case, or any food of animal origin, in the second case, therefore also eggs, milk and derivatives, honey, it is a decision that must be weighed well, as the experts advise .

The vegan diet could cause more nutritional deficiencies, but with a balanced diet and perhaps the use of supplements, the problem can be solved.

From an ethical point of view, the vegan diet is certainly more stringent, while the vegetarian diet still contains foods of animal origin. It all depends on why you choose to follow one or the other nutritional regimen.

Benefits of the vegetarian diet
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Benefits of the vegetarian diet

I benefits of the vegetarian diet have been studied and deepened by many scientific researches, which have confirmed how much a diet based on plant foods can be good for health, while at the same time safeguarding the life of animals and preserving our planet.

From the point of view of health, eliminate or at least reduce the meat consumption, especially red meat, can bring many benefits to the body and mind. There is talk of reducing the risk of contracting the cancer and to get sick of cardiovascular diseases.

The estimates highlight truly impressive numbers: about 5-8 million lives saved every year and a global saving of 2-3% of the gross domestic product in terms of healthcare costs. The benefits are many:

  • consuming more dietary fiber improves the intestinal flora
  • vegetables increase the sense of hunger and satiety
  • fruits and vegetables provide the body with all the necessary nutrients
  • a vegetarian diet ensures a reduced risk of getting ischemic heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes
  • with a low intake of saturated gases and a high consumption of fibers and phytocompounds, total and low-density cholesterol (LDL) is reduced
  • vegetarian diets help keep blood sugar in check
  • those who prefer foods of plant origin are also generally more attentive to all the most important aspects of health, avoiding risky behaviors such as smoking, alcohol, sedentary lifestyle

With particular reference to the issue of cancer, the relationship between food and cancer was also investigated by the World Fund for Research on Cancer, which calls for the introduction of more plant-based foods into one’s diet and to limit the consumption of red and preserved meats or foods. processed, to prevent the onset of oncological diseases.

Vegetarian diet, focus on daily needs

The important thing is that the vegetarian diet it is balanced, taking into consideration the daily requirement of proteins, not to be found anymore in meat or fish, but in equally rich products of vegetable origin such as legumes, eggs, milk, yogurt.

Being followed by a nutritionist expert in vegetarian diets, carrying out routine checks and embracing an eco-friendly and cruelty free lifestyle at 360 degrees can be the right way to follow for those who have decided to make vegetarianism their mood. And not only on the occasion of the world day today.


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