Thinking of going meat-free? Here are 5 more reasons why vegetarian is best

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Stock up on your greens and banish red meat for stronger bones and reduced PMS..

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Bring out the broccoli and roll out the red peppers - around 4 million Brits are now eating a vegetarian diet and an increasingly large number of restaurants and specialist food suppliers are popping up to meet their needs.

Now we already know about the big health benefits of a veggie diet - scientists have proven that it can help us to be healthier and live longer - but what if you need some more convincing to make the switch? These additional perks of cutting out meat from your diet may do the trick...

Being vegetarian give you stronger bones

Young women tend not to think too much about bone health, but it becomes increasingly important the older you get. Bone health depends on your body keeping a balance of calcium, protein, high potassium and low sodium. If any of these things are too high (as can be the case with a meat-eating diet) you become more at risk of osteoporosis later in life. A veggie diet can also help you get enough calcium - it's found in beans, tofu, soy milk and dark green vegetables.

Being vegetarian give you a sweeter body odour

Studies have shown that meat can have an effect on body odour. Red meat in particular is difficult for the body to digest, which can cause both flatulence and sour-smelling sweat. It can also cause bad breath, as the proteins within it react with the bacteria in your mouth. Reducing the amount of meat you eat gives your body - and bacteria - nothing to work with. Voilà - you smell fabulous darling!

Vegetarians have less intense PMS symptoms

When switching to a vegetarian diet, many women report their PMS symptoms become much less intense. Scientists think that plant-based diets may help with your oestrogen levels, thus reducing PMS symptoms. In addition, green veg, sesame seeds, figs and tofu have all been proven as foods that can help alleviate PMS mood swings. Take a look at 11 foods that can ease period pains in the gallery below...

Vegetarians save more money

Vegetarian meals are, on average, 60 per cent cheaper than meaty dishes, which means you could save up to £65 a month by not buying meat. Beans and pulses also have a long shelf life, which means they can be bought in advance and stored in your cupboards without the worry that they'll go off and have to be thrown away.

Vegetarians have a sexier love life

A study last year revealed that people who consume tofu and other plant-based foods might enjoy a better sex life than meat-eaters. It's thought that certain plant products can influence hormone levels and heighten sexual activity. Want to convince your man to cut out some meat? Let him know that the cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products don't just clog the arteries to your heart - over time they impede blood flow to (how do we say this?) other 'vital organs' too.

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