Buddhism is a religion of philosophy as opposed to theism, and its dietary philosphy has brought it to the attention of the medical community. Apparently Asian Buddhists suffer less metabolic health issues than most others. Metabolic issues are those risk factos that work together to increase one’s risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Buddhists are primarily lacto-ovo vegetarian, electing to eat animal products (dairy and eggs), but not the animal. This dietary choice has protectd adherents from metabolic syndromes that meat eaters often suffer from. A recent 2013 case study of Asian Buddhists confirmed that even lacto-ovo vegetarians enjoy diminished risks for coronary artery disease and Type 2 diabetes than do meat eaters. An added bonus revealed in the research was the lower BMI of subjects and smaller waist circumferences. Obviously one does not have to become a Buddhist to enjoy these benefits, but it may be advisable to eat like one.

Chiang JK, Lin YL, Chen CL, Ouyang CM, Wu YT, Chi YC, Huang KC, Yang WS. Reduced risk for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance associated with ovo-lacto-vegetarian behavior in female Buddhists: a case-control study. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 9;8(8):e71799. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071799. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 23951247; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3739750.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23951247