This Happens to Your Body When you Stop Eating Meat

The pros and cons.

When you look around you, you see more and more people who choose a life without meat. The supermarket shelves are full of meat substitutes and the vegetarian restaurant seems to mushroom up. This is not surprising, since the number of vegetarians (and vegans) in the Netherlands has risen sharply in recent years. Many people leave that burger once and for all because of ethical convictions. Other people are convinced by the health benefits that a vegetarian lifestyle would bring. But what exactly happens to your body when you say ‘no’ to a portion of beef bitter balls, for example? 

Less chance of type 2 diabetes

In the Netherlands, more than 1 million people have diabetes type 2. Researchers at Wageningen University have listed several studies, and it appears that people who eat or eat red meat have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The risk of this disease is increasing. by 32 percent if you eat 50 grams (or more) of meat per day. To give an idea: when you invest a sandwich with two slices of ham, you are already on 40 grams of meat. You do not necessarily have to work a cow a day to increase your risk.

Although we all know that prevention is better than cure, you can also take advantage of this information if you have type 2 diabetes. It has been proven that a vegetarian (or vegan) lifestyle improves the metabolism in diabetes patients.

Your intestinal bacteria change

A correct balance between good and bad intestinal bacteria (intestinal flora) ensures a healthy digestion, a good bowel movement and a good working immune system. Research from Washington Center for Clinical Researchhas shown that people who do not eat meat have much more protective bacteria than people who eat meat. A life without meat thus ensures that your body can absorb nutrients more easily, that toilet visits will be a lot nicer and that you will spend fewer days ill and snotting on the couch.

Deficiency of protein and vitamin B12

A question that all vegetarians have ever had to answer: ‘Do you get enough protein and vitamin B12?’ No crazy question, since most people extract their protein from animal products and vitamin B12 can only be extracted from animal products. But no worries, a shortage of protein can easily be solved by eating more nuts, beans, legumes and other protein-rich products. A vitamin B12 deficiency can be prevented by eating eggs and other dairy products. Solved!

Less bad cholesterol

Animal products contain a lot of saturated fats. These fats provide more LDL cholesterol in your blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition to meat, there are also many saturated fats in biscuits, pastries and other fatty snacks. By not eating any more meat, and not plundering the cookie jar every day, you can keep the level of bad cholesterol low.


When you no longer eat meat, you can easily get a shortage of iron. Do not replace your meat with other iron-rich food , you can suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and dizziness.

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