The Benefits Of Vegetarianism

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Eating meat has been a part of mankind for thousands of years. Some people do not agree with a carnivorous lifestyle and some say that they could not live without it. Although Vegetarianism is a widely known idea, many fail to dig deeper into the origin of Vegetarianism,the argument against it, the effect meat-eating has on animals, and the alternatives of meat that prove we can live without it. Realizing the ethics in having compassion for the animals is not a new idea. “In Western culture vegetarianism dates back to Ancient Greece” (Should). A mathematician named Pythagoras, urged a meatless diet and called it the Pythagorean diet before the 1800s when the term vegetarian was then used (Should). Sylvester Graham (the inventor of the graham…show more content…
Not only can the nutritional needs be met while living a vegetarian lifestyle, but there are additional benefits included and can result in the prevention of various diseases. These advantages cover lower levels of saturated fat, an increased intake of fiber, potassium and antioxidants (Vegan Food Guide 2). Vitamin B12 in particular is one that many are concerned about. This vitamin can be found in “enriched breakfast cereals, fortified soy products, nutritional yeast, or supplements” (Vegan Food Guide 3). Calcium is another necessity for strong bones. Calcium can be found in (but not limited to) dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and kale; as well as red and white beans, almonds, and fruit juices. Additionally, protein sources are often a concern. Protein can be found in soy,other sorts of legumes, and various nuts and seeds (Vegan Food Guide 3). Iron can also be found in legumes such as chickpeas and lentils, as well as in tofu; but although it is found in these other sources, iron from plants isn’t absorbed as easily as it is from meat, therefore, the iron intake of a vegetarian should be higher than of one that would eat meat (Vegan Food Guide 3). Zinc is an element essential for the immune system and can be found in foods like whole grain breads and cereals (Vegan Food Guide 3). Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish and eggs can be provided to vegetarians through soy, chia seeds and flaxseed, and canola oil (Vegan Food Guide 3). Although many think vegetarians are “stuck eating boring foods with little variety”, there is an alternative to almost everything a meat-eater eats, just without the murder of animals (Vegan Food Guide 4). Today, “almost every grocery store” has alternatives like “tasty veggie burgers, chicken and meat substitutes,

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