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The results showed the vegetarians had lower blood pressure, lower levels of "bad" cholesterol and were more likely to have a healthy weight.

Not surprising--not eating meat automatically eliminates many foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol and substituting foods that are lower in fat, therefore calories. Also the fiber in plant-based foods helps remove cholesterol as well as moderates blood sugar and insulin--not to mention helps fill you up without additional calories.

"But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.

True too--things like butter and cheese are quite easy to overdo. That's why people shouldn't just 'become vegetarians' thinking that will cause them to automatically lose weight--without counting calories. You can be a 'fat vegetarian' if you overdo it calorie-wise.

I will also add that I've read (and it makes sense) that plant-based fats are less easily stored as bodyfat than animal-based ones--that the body requires somewhat more processes and calories to turn plant-fat into bodyfat--the flip side being it's easier to turn animal fat into human bodyfat since it more closely resembles human fat.
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