Expatriate international health insurance customers may wish to consider the benefits of a vegetarian diet if they wish to improve their overall health.
According to Su Taylor, press officer at the Vegetarian Society, people who abstain from meat have lower rates of obesity, diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease than those who eat it.
Fewer calories and higher amounts of fibre are generally found in meat-free meals, which can assist individuals to "maintain a healthy weight", she stated.
Balanced vegetarian cuisine "closely follows the government's recommendations for healthy eating", she continued.
Ms Taylor recommended ensuring a regular intake of "fresh, unrefined and unprocessed foods", as these will help men and women consume all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need.
Her comments correspond with the results of a study published on bmj.com, which found that the chances of someone who eats a vegetarian diet contracting diverticular disease – a frequently-occuring bowel disorder – are one-third less than those of a meat-eater.