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Vegetarianism: The Cure for All

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“...going vegetarian is the single best thing we can do for ourselves as well as for your families,” says Dr. Lina Van (Panchal 27). Choosing to go vegetarian promotes good health, a longer life, helps fight diseases, and can even help people lose weight (Nikki and David Goldbeck 4-7). Specifically, a vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, shellfish, and poultry. A lacto-vegetarian also does not eat eggs, but can eat dairy products, while an ova-vegetarian can eat eggs, but not dairy products (Panchal 27). Hence a vegetarian diet may seem quite restrictive, but the lifestyle choice could save your life and lead to more adventures in eating (Nikki and David Goldbeck 4-7). A vegetarian diet in America dates back to the colonial times. Vegetarian recipes from this time period come from places such as New England, the South, the Pennsylvania Dutch, the Southwest, and more. However, back in the colonial time, meat was considered only a side dish to the main course of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (Atlas 13-14). 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. For instance, it takes about 2,640 gallons of water to produce only one pound of beef. If one pe...

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... meat is not needed to secure the amount of iron demanded by the body, instead a vegetarian can eat vegetables such as legume, beans, soybeans, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, and more to reach that amount of iron (Panchal 27).

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