The Health Of All Living Organisms

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Food, an extremely important factor in the health of all living organisms. It gives our bodies nutrients and energy which allow us to continue on the journey of life. However, with the increase in population more and more food is needed to feed the human race, or is it? The weekday vegetarian diet is a relatively new idea that would help reduce land and resources needed for agriculture, reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increasing the overall health of those participating. The research appears to be sound yet some are still skeptical with the idea. Throughout this reading, we’ll go through the environmental impacts, how to implement this practice, and the pros and cons. Weekday vegetarian is as simple as it sounds, you stay away from meats during the week and consume (if wanted) meats on the weekends. I first found out about the diet through TED Talks by a man named Graham Hill in 2010. This idea has had quite a bit of backlash from both the vegetarian community and those hardcore carnivores out there as giving up eat seems like too much of a hassle of not entirely giving up meat goes against the idea behind vegan/vegetarian ideals of preventing the killing or poor treatment of animals. The hardest part of implementing this diet for those omnivores is trying to attain their daily nutrients though a mostly vegetarian diet. Don’t let the fear that you won’t be receiving enough nutrients hold you back from giving this diet a shot as there are many vegetables that are high in protein, amino acids, and vitamins that will be more than enough to keep you nice and healthy. With a variety of options to choose from to keep your meals healthy and interesting such as soybeans, edamame, quinoa, and lentils to name a fe... ... middle of paper ... ... Ironically one of the main interests associated with the positive impact of switching to the weekday vegetarian is also one of its greatest downfalls for the same cause, health benefits. The largest con to this change is the lack of information and convenience associated with a vegetable based meal plan. Some of the most important nutrients that are easily found in the meats that most of us consume but don’t come by as easy with vegetables. Proteins are one of the core building blocks of the human body and usually aren’t present or in very low amounts when found in vegetables. Meats are also our primarily source of essential fats and oils that are crucial to the human diet. We also lose the vitamins generally involved in our meat based diets (Disadvantage). There don’t however seem to be any credible downsides for the environment by the adaptation of this practice.
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