The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

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The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
There is more to vegetarianism than not eating meat. A vegetarian generally pays attention to their health, makes choices about their diet, and respects animals. There are no rules to being vegetarian; a vegetarian sets his or her own guidelines and restrictions. One chooses not to eat meat for many reasons; it may be because of religion, respect for animals, health, or sometimes a person simply does not like meat. Most people think that a meat/animal-product free diet is just a trend, but vegetarianism has been a growing movement ever since it began in 600 BC. Pythagoras is considered the ‘original vegetarian’. Groups called Pythagorean Societies were set up that discouraged a diet consisting of meat (Parr pg. 26). Modern day vegetarianism began in seventeenth century England. In 1847, the word ‘vegetarian’ started being used. It was derived from the Latin word vegetus, meaning vigorous and lively (Parr pg. 31). Now there are about 7.3 million vegetarians in America and about 22.8 who followed a “vegetarian-inclined diet”. A basic vegetarian diet prohibits meat and you can choose if you want to eat other animal products like milk, cheese, eggs, honey, etc. There are many different sub-categories of vegetarianism: lacto-ovo, lacto, ovo, vegan, and semi-vegetarian. The difference between these categories is the exception of things like egg (ovo), milk (lacto), and other animal products. A vegetarian diet is beneficial to personal health, the environment, and the basic rights of animals.
Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet can be beneficial to your health. The mortality rate of vegetarians is 20 percent lower than regular meat eaters, meaning they tend to live longer and get sick less often....

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...nimals are not that different from humans, they feel pain and emotion. Killing them is not okay just because they are not human.
A lot people do not see the importance of vegetarianism, instead only seeing it as a trend. They are oblivious to the abuse animals endure and how their diet affects their bodies and the environment around them. Many people become vegetarian not knowing how important it is too. They do not know that they are helping themselves, the environment, and animals. People will criticize or question a vegetarian's choices but many will be interested. Spreading the word is just as important as becoming vegetarian.

Works Cited
Om, Shanti. "ONE HUNDRED & ONE REASONS TO GO VEGETARIAN." 101 Reasons to Go Vegetarian. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

Parr, Jan, and Sarah Durham. The Young Vegetarian's Companion. New York: Franklin Watts, 1996. Print.
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