What Are The Pros And Cons Of Being A Vegetarian?

By Owen Jones

If you are considering becoming a vegetarian, then you have to 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 numbers. What is more, with the Chinese and Indian populations becoming richer, it is almost certain that they will be eating more and more meat in the near future. You will be doing your bit though.

However, on the micro, or personal level, becoming a vegetarian will change your life. Those who have faith in detox diets say that lots of the toxins that they say mount up in our bodies come from the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics that are in meat but ought not to 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 foremost contributor to the West's biggest killer - heart disease.

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

So, it appears to count 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 instance, preservatives are thought to be connected to some cancers; growth hormones given to animals affect our own hormones and a lot of people just cannot digest milk, which causes the production of mucous and can give rise to digestive problems

On the negative side, you will need to learn a whole new system of supplying your body with the nutrients and vitamins that it requires. Meat is a concentrated kind of food and just eating a regular western meat and two vegetables sort of meal without the meat will soon become boring and land you in very hot water.

Malnutrition is the risk that greenhorn vegetarians have to be wary of. Of course, it is not so difficult to become hold of knowledge to help you get your vegetarian diet right as it used to be and there is a vast choice of foodstuffs accessible to the contemporary vegetarian, yet they are not all cheap, so cutting out meat will not likely save you any money.

At the end of the day, becoming a vegetarian is a very personal matter. it is between you but your conscience, and doing the right thing will make your life more difficult, as does making any lifestyle transform, yet you will find it easier as you be into the swing of items.

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