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Our short guide for caterers. Explains why providing a few veggie options on your menu can be better for everyone – and could even save you money.
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Vegetarians are also less at risk of heart disease and have up to 50 per cent less chance of dying from it. Apart from being slimmer, having lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure levels, research suggests that yet another factor may protect vegetarians against heart disease. Salicylic acid in their blood is up to one-and-a-half times higher than in meat-eaters’. Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in aspirin, prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attacks by fighting the inflammation that causes them and it seems that salicylic acid is also present in fruit and vegetables. If that wasn’t enough, added bonuses of a vegetarian diet are a whopping 30–40% lower risk of cataracts and reduced risk of dementia. The diet may even help ward off wrinkles by boosting the skin’s natural defences against sun damage!
This leaflet lists some of the benefits of increasing the number of vegetarian and vegan dishes provided to older people both in a care and home setting.