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World Vegetarian Day: Know its significance, theme, origin and history…

World Vegetarian Day 2021: This day was commemorated by the North American Vegetarian Society. The EBNW Story finds its history, significance and other details…

Do you know that various studies suggest that vegetarian diet did lower the risk of developing moderate to severe COVID?

Although it might be difficult to believe but is true!

A recently released study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health said that those who are vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (excluding meat but include fish) have a lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe Covid-19.

Also, the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) report said that vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker profile than meat-eaters. 

So let’s discuss more on world vegetarian day as we enter October for it is also known as Vegetarian Awareness Month or Month of Vegetarian Food to create awareness about the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

World Vegetarian Day Date: World Vegetarian Day is observed annually around the globe on October 1. The North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 established the day which was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.

World Vegetarian Day History

Vegetarianism was earlier referred to as a Pythagorean Diet, even before the popularisation of the term ‘vegetarian’ in the mid-1800s.  

As the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras was an early advocate for the diet, it was named after his name.

Vegetarianism, in fact, has been present in India since the 5th Century BCE, while the concept is present in Buddhism, which came between the fifth and sixth centuries. It find references in plant-based staples such as tofu consumed in China for more than 2,000 years, in Indonesian, Japanese and Thai cuisines as well as on the African continent before the European colonization. In 1970s, it gained credence in the US and UK which led the North American Vegetarian Society to establish October 1 as World Vegetarian Day.

World Vegetarian Day Significance:

A vegetarian diet including vegetables, seeds, legumes, fruits, nuts and grains are obtained without involving the death of an animal or the consumption of its meat

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