Every day across America millions of people wake up to start their morning. Throughout the day the vast majority of these people will consume meat, but 3% will replace the pig, cow, and chicken products for vegetable or fruit made meals (Harris). These vegetarians all have many different reasons to make this choice. This decision is a huge change in one’s life and is not without questions. Some people may wonder why would anyone abstain from the amazing food that contains meat. This essay will briefly explain the history of vegetarianism, the reasons for vegetarianism, and answer questions about vegetarianism. Vegetarian diets are all around better than diets containing meat because of three main reasons; the abuse of animals, the environmental damage, and the health benefits for humans.
According to the Mariam-Webster online dictionary, vegetarianism is defined as the theory or practice of living on a mostly meat-free, vegetarian diet for moral, religious, environmental, or health reasons. The earliest records of vegetarianism date back to as early as 5 B.C. in ancient India and ancient Greece, with the Pythagoreans being among the first prominent vegetarians in recorded history. Today, vegetarians are found all over the world with some of the most vegetarian
A health vegetarian’s main objective is to remain healthy, which is a function of lifestyle factors such as sleep, exercise, and diet. A health vegetarian’s motivation stems from their knowledge of nutritional values of animal flesh and/or animal by-products; and determining if their healthiness will increase or decrease as a factor of eating animal flesh and/or animal by-products. Though health vegetarianism possesses a strong conviction for personal benefit, is a recent trend and does not credibly e...
Some people assume that all vegetarians protest and fight the meat industry. In most cases this is not true. Vegitarian are people who either are just trying to live a healthier lifestyle or people who disagree with how food today is processed. The health risks involving vegetarianism are the main concern that people have when considering the practice. The daunting question of how anyone could possibly survive without meat has cause many controversies throughout history. It is not a foreign concept, but in most circumstances, it is treated like one. In today’s world, there is almost always a fix to any problem we have, but when people do not look for a solution they have a hard time accepting the choices others make. Even though there are
With America eating more meat than ever and growing sicker than ever, the dangers of a meat-heavy diet must be examined. We may now consider meat an essential part of the human diet, but in previous eras it was nothing more than a luxury. In addition, the present state of factory-farmed animals can lead to nothing but outrageously unhealthful meat. Many omnivores wonder how vegetarians survive on the nonstandard diet. Many vegetarians wonder how omnivores do survive. A meat-based diet is, all-around, hazardous. A vegetarian (or mostly vegetarian) diet seems best to promote health and well-being.
To most people vegetarianism means the refraining of meat, primarily red meat, from personal consumption. Although the traditional vegetarian abstinence of red meat has grown into a group of varied lifestyles, little is known about them. To some people vegetarians are considered to be a drop out of the hippy era, or are labelled as "weird" or "feral". Because of the misinterpretations surrounding vegetarianism in society I am going to outline the various diets which are recognized as vegetarianism. I hope by writing this I can change some attitudes and misunderstandings, of the motivations behind the vegetarian lifestyles.
Vegetarianism is a custom practiced in six out of the seven continents and has become more popular over the years. Vegetarianism can be defined as the exclusion of animal products such as meat and fish from one’s diet. Dairy products and eggs are often times excluded as well. Although there are many reasons one may decide to become a Vegetarian or follow such a code of ethics, the most common include: moral, religious or health reasons.
As Americans become increasingly more health conscious, vegetarian diets are becoming more and more common. Produce-aisle signs stating eat 5 a day for better health are beginning to pay off, along with the USDA-DHHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which state: Many American diets have too many calories and too much fat (especially saturated fat), cholesterol,and sodium. They also have too little complex carbohydrates and fiber. Such diets are one cause of America’s high rates of obesity and of certain diseases-heart disease, high blood pressure,stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer http://www.childsecure.com/veggie.htm
Everything that we as humans decide to do has a consequence. Our agency that we are given opens up so many opportunities of lifestyles we are able to live. Many people search for the “perfect lifestyle” that has all the right answers and gives the perfect insight as to what is right and what is wrong. Although the perfect lifestyle seems great, it does not exist. There is not one single answer to everyone’s problems and life answers simply because every being on the planet is different. One way of living may be perfect for Betty Sue, but quite unsatisfactory for Jim Bob. It is very important that we make smart choices and are informed and know the facts about the lifestyles we choose to live. Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle that many people choose to live and pursue. The reasons behind choosing this style may vary person to person, but no matter what the reason is, it is important to be informed about all the pros and cons of being a vegetarian in order
According to some recent reports comparing the eating habits of America today to the consumption trends from the 1970’s, we have a lingering period of time before we get back on track to having a healthier diet; however it would not be like this if we would just learn to balance out the portions we eat better. The advocacy group The City of Science in the public Interest explains how we eat about five hundred more calories in our diet a day than we did in the 1970’s, three times as much cheese, and a great deal of sugar intake as well. More grains are put in our systems every day, and even though we do eat more vegetables and fruits today, it is still not enough to keep us healthy like we should be. Also America is not just known for the obesity rating but the death rates compared to other countries does not seem to make America number one on the best diet list.
Have you noticed that around every corner is some kind of snack or soft-drink vending machine? When you walk outside there is most likely some kind of fast food restaurant or convenience store within walking distance that offers food and drinks on demand with little to no wait. Living in a fast paced world, these fast and easily accessible foods have become something many rely on. Yes, with all of our technical and cultural advances in America we have surely come a long way in these past few decades. However one thing that seems to be spiraling backwards and out of control is our diet. The typical American diet consists of inadequate nutrition which over time increases numerous amounts of health risks. If we taught how to control portion size, promote healthier foods through education and media, and got people out doing more physical activities, maybe we would not have this nutritional crisis in our hands.
Imagine life today without sizzling steaks, favorite burger spots, or the smell of a roasting Thanksgiving day turkey. For some people, the idea is a lot easier to stomach than it is for others. As society continues to grow and advance, more people are opting for a diet that does not include meat because they are beginning to see the consequences of the ever-growing meat industry as an impending issue that can no longer be dismissed. Meat is a resource that has integrated itself into the lives of humans since the beginning, perhaps suggesting how the idea of letting it go is unimaginable to those who enjoy it. And because of meat’s extensive relationship in human survival, meat is viewed and used as a crucial dietary staple in the lives of
According to Mohandas Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Through this quotation, Gandhi stresses a requirement for equality between humans and animals. Though animals may be of a lower life form than humans, Gandhi suggests that their lives are no less deserving of respect and reverence. As such, one can argue that because humans do not eat other humans, there is no conscionable excuse for a human to eat an animal. A vegetarian is a person who has a strict diet abstaining from eating meat. Vegetarians devote themselves to a lifestyle centered on a plant-based food source. A vegetarian diet is the most humane type of lifestyle because it frees animals from the heartbreaking cruelty of today’s factory farming, it gives the body nutritional benefits, and it lessens the burden on the planet while being eco-friendly.
To begin with, many people view this differently. The ones who completely agree with veganism or vegetarianism, the ones who are just like oh heck no I love my meat, and then the ones who just don't care about it. For instiants, “I’m happy to eat with nonvegetarians.” (851) the feelings this writer was