Vegetarian diets are associated with higher metabolic rates, according to a study published in Nutrients. Researchers monitored the diets and metabolic rates for 24 vegetarian and 26 non vegetarian participants. Biochemical analyses also monitored inflammatory markers associated with diet. Vegetarians lowered their cholesterol levels, had higher levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines, and had higher metabolic rates, compared with non vegetarians. This study complements other research studies that suggest that nutrition plays a larger role than exercise in maintaining healthful metabolic rates.
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Don’t flip out, flip over! Check out the Nutrition Facts label on packaged or canned foods. Compare sodium, sugars, and saturated fats in foods and choose the foods with lower numbers.