Being A Vegetarian - Pros And Cons

Published: 21st February 2011
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If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian, then you must be asking yourself about the pros and cons of doing so. There are different methods of looking at this. On the macro or global scale, you as an individual, by giving up eating meat, will personally save the lives and distress of all the animals that you would have consumed, if you had not given up.

On the other hand, a couple of hundred animals over quite a number of years will not make much difference to the animal population. What is more, with the Chinese and Indian populations becoming richer, it is almost guaranteed that they will be eating more and more meat in the near future. You will be doing your piece though.

However, on the micro, or personal level, becoming a vegetarian will change your life. Those who have faith in detox diets say that many of the toxins that they say build up in our bodies come from the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics that are in meat yet should not be.

Meat, eggs and dairy products are a Westerners foremost sources of cholesterol and fat but cholesterol and fat are held responsible for being the main contributor to the West's biggest killer - heart disease.

It is the case that there are other reasons for heart disease, but it has been estimated that vegetarians have about a quarter of their meat-eating compatriots' likelihood of having a heart attack. This seems noteworthy, and the difference between vegans and meat-eaters is even more stark at one tenth the likelihood.

So, it appears to matter what kind of vegetarian you are, because many vegetarians still eat fish, eggs and cheese and drink milk. However, by giving up meat alone, you will miss out on lots of the chemicals that farmers pump into their meat and poultry.

For example, preservatives are thought to be connected to some cancers; growth hormones given to animals have an effect on our own hormones and a lot of people just cannot digest milk, which causes the production of mucous and can give rise to digestive concerns

On the negative side, you will have to learn a whole new system of supplying your body with the nutrients and vitamins that it needs. Meat is a concentrated form of food and merely eating a regular western meat and two vegetables type meal without the meat will soon get boring and land you in very hot water.

Malnutrition is the biggest danger that new vegetarians have to be cautious of. Naturally, it is not so difficult to get hold of information to help you make your vegetarian diet right as it used to be and there is a vast choice of foodstuffs available to the modern vegetarian, but they are not all cheap, so cutting out meat will likely as not save you much money.

At the end of the day, becoming a vegetarian is a very personal matter. It is between you and your conscience, and doing the correct thing will make your life more of a problem, as does making any lifestyle change, yet you will find it simpler as you get into the swing of things.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a number of subjects, but is now concerned with detox diet menus. If you want to know more, please visit our site at http://vegetariancasserolerecipes.com

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