101 Changes: Change 10 – Eat like a Vegetarian: Benefits of Vegetarian Diet (8 comments)
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———————————————————————————————————————————————– Many people are turning vegetarian for various reasons now a days, such as health and ethical reasons. I have been vegetarian all my life, so it is easy for me to say but do not take my word for it. If you have thought about vegetarian diet and was not sure, this may just help you make decision. Being vegetarian or eat mostly vegetarian diet has many benefits.
Let’s see 25 reasons being vegetarian is good for you and environment around you. While all diets have its pros and cons. One can eat soda and chips all day and be a Vegetarian but that would not be healthy diet.
Benefits of Vegetarian Diet
- Plant base food does not contain cholesterol. Meat food are generally high in cholesterol.
- Except of vitamin B, plant food contains all vitamins.
- Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, improving digestion in body. High fiber diet is helpful in preventing certain type of cancer.
- Lower blood pressure: Plant based food have low sodium and low in fat, reducing low blood pressure and blood circulation.
- Meat based food tend of high in fat compared to plant based food. Less calories, less chance of being fat.
- Less chemical and hormones: Many animals are raised with antibiotics and growth hormones, generally plant based food have no hormones injected in to it.
- Plant based food have good energy booster carbohydrates, which is essential for energy. That is many carb free diet such as atkins required that one eat mostly meat to avoid carb. Good carb from rice is better, compared to carb from white bread or sugar.
- While animals and plants are both exposed to herbicides and pesticides, according to some experts, plant contains less of these agricultural chemical compared to animals who are exposed to it. Best case, choose organic plant food to be safe.
- More healthier to eat plant based diet such as colorful fruits and vegetables to prevent obesity, cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
- One of the reason many people eat meat is for getting protein. However, in western diet, people consume way more protein than daily requirement anyways. Plant based diet, one will have enough protein through beans, lentils and nuts.
- Healthy skin glow: eating tomatoes and certain vegetables gives healthy skin and healthy glow.
- Plant based diet tend to be cheaper compared to meat and seafood in grocery stores and restaurants. You will save money as well.
- Many forests are being destroyed to raise livestock as needing space to raise them until animals are ready to be slaughter.
- Efficient use of soybeans and other grains can be done as it has been said, 16 pounds of soybeans is being fed to cow to get 1 pound of beef. That is simply does not make sense.
- It takes about 80 calories of fossil fuel to create 1 pound of beef, versus 1 calorie fossil fuel to create 1 pound of corn. We can save lot of fossil fuel by demanding more grains.
- We can save much water as it takes up 5-10 times more water to produce meat compared to plant food.
- Ethically, animals are kept in small and inhumane condition. They are fed growth hormones, chemicals to make them grow big for profit. It simply does not work for some people. Even so called free range meat has its own issues as there are not strict standards for what is meant to be “free range” or “humane” meat.
- When plants based food going bad such as fruits or vegetables (uncooked), so one does not have to cook it. However, with frozen meat, you can never tell if animal was sick or had issue before consuming it.
- Meat is hardly fresh as it comes in frozen section, fruits, vegetable can be eaten frozen as well as fresh such as in salad.
- You can leave fresh vegetable out for day or two on counter and it will be still edible but leave hambuger patty out for 6 hours and see one you want to consume. Plants have longer shelf life outside of freezer.
- Plant based food tend to help with health issues such as heart attack, cancer, kidney stones and gallstones, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, gum disease and more.
- When you buy in factory farmed meat, we indirectly support these inhumane conditions that animals are raised and killed.
- Many plants can be eaten without killing the plants with exception of eating of root vegetables.
- More conscious and natural eating.
- Human does not have to eat meat to survive like many other living being. Many vegan and vegetarian are living proof of it.
We are what we eat, it has been said by many before myself. If that is true, why not eat healthy, nutritious food that gives us energy, life, ethical and sustainable to our environment. In this life time, we have only one body and one earth, let’s keep it simple and disease free. Only you can make choice what works for you and how you want to live. I am simply sharing what worked for me and many others who are vegan and vegetarian for many reasons. What are yours reasons?
Resources for Vegetarians (Potential, New and Current)
This 262 pages long book, Becoming Vegetarian is a comprehensive and up-to-the minute guide to achieving a healthful vegetarian lifestyle. Written by three highly qualified dietitians, all of the key questions which arise for those who are beginning a dietary shift away from animal products are addressed, as well as those questions long term vegetarians have who want to ensure that their dietary pattern is nutritionally adequate.
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For other Vegetarian information check out following sites;