Vegetarian diets can provide the necessary nutrients; as well, as reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases caused by unhealthful diet; however, if the food intake is not closely monitored it can lead to deficiencies. Then the question becomes, if vegetarian diets are better, then why exactly do we need meat products in our diet? In this research paper, I want explore the pro and cons of vegetarian diet and its implications. The vegetarian society defines a vegetarian as one who consumes predominantly fruits, vegetables, grains and plant products without eating animal products such as meat, fish, poultry (“Vegetarian society”). Although vegetarians are defined as those who do not consume animal products, there are different levels of vegetarianism: semi-vegetarian, pescovegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, lacto vegetarian, ovovegetarian, strict vegetarian, macrobiotic diet, and fruitarian.
(“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 2) “Vegetarians are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, obesity, …type 2 diabetes, [and] gallstones.” (Hoy 1) Because of the specific diet that requires healthier food and good habits, a vegetarian is more likely to have a lower fat intake. Veg... ... middle of paper ... ...s Cited Hoy, Daniel. "No Meat for Me." SIRS. Herald Sun, 19 Sept 2011.
There is someone in your life who you want to encourage to eat more healthfully for a variety of reasons; there are many strategies you can use to persuade someone to try to eat more healthfully. According to helpguide.org eating vegan is not about stern diet philosophies, staying extremely small, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is mainly about feeling good, improving your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. We all know someone who could live a better and longer life if they ate healthier. Alia Butler article from Livestrong.com believes poor diets deficient in the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need can take a negative toll on your overall health.
People are dieing because of the way the meat is being cleaned and processed so why not cut it out? The health benefits of being a vegetarian are incredible. Many people are uneducated on the matter thinking that if they are vegetarian they are only doing it to help save the animals or because they are morally opposed to eating them which is a possibility. I do not eat meat due to the health risks and the fact that being a vegetarian makes you so much healthier. Why would you not want to be healthier and live a longer life?
With this said, including meat in one’s diet is both logical and ethical. Although vegetarians believe that their lifestyle benefits their health, the environment, and the economy, while ensuring the safety of animals; benefits of an omnivorous diet far outweigh those of a vegetarian diet. An omnivorous diet not only nourishes our bodies, but also aligns us with our natural way of life. To begin, vegetarians argue that a meatless diet improves one’s health. Granted that this statement is widely accepted because plant based foods are proven to have a smaller fat content than meat based foods, “vegetarianism is [not] ‘a vaccine against all health problems,’ warns Carol Coughlin, a registered dietitian at the American Dietetic Association” (“Vegetarianism” Issues and Controversies).
On another note, a vegetarian diet could save the environment, eradicate suffering for animals, and could terminate diseases and other health predicaments. Research has shown that people should change to a vegetarian diet, because it is beneficial to many aspects of life, and is a healthier and safer selection of food rather than a diet containing meat. A vegetarian lifestyle contributes to saving the environment and even saving the world. First of all, by repudiating to eat meat could contribute to water conservation. Specifically, the amount of water used to raise animals is about half of the water used in the United States.
Vegetarian diets lead to a healthy weight and lifestyle, provide all the right nutrients, and reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics. People looking to gain a healthier lifestyle may consider vegetarianism. Others may consider eating meat occasionally but not all the time. Some people may worry whether or not they will be getting antiquate nutrition, and also worry about antibiotics used on their food. In conclusion, being a vegetarian is the best diet to live with.
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