13 Though-provoking reasons to consider going Vegetarian
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In the Paleolithic era when humans first discovered the hand axe, the tool was used to dig for and cut roots. Later, once the Mesolithic era gave rise to communal living, the growth of civilizations relied on farming and vegetarianism was the dominant diet.
The popularity of the vegetarian diet diminished as people became more established but today we see more and more people - even celebrities - adopting and promoting vegetarianism, and for good reason.
The following is a list of reasons why you should adopt vegetarianism:
1. More bang for your buck.
Typically, vegetarian diets consist of more nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. This means you
2. Better overall health.
Innumerable studies have shown that vegetarians tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, obesity and other chronic diseases. Here are a few highlight studies:
- Doctors Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn have used a vegan diet to prevent and reverse heart disease with a 100% success rate(Esselstyn Caldwell B, 2008)
- Vegetarians are at a 40% lesser risk of cancer compared to meat eaters. (Hall, Celia, 1994)
- A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 found that regular meat consumption increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 300%. (“Why Vegetarianism.”)
3. Lose a little, gain a lot.
Vegetarians are healthier. Fullstop. One reason is because meat contains a lot of fat, especially saturated fat. Thus replacing meat with fruits and vegetables will provide your body with loads of fibre, antioxidants,
4. Reduce acidity.
Meat is highly acidic and offsets your blood pH, which should be slightly alkaline. This can lead to disease.
5. Anatomical design.
This point is sure to create some debate, so let me know your thoughts. Meat takes longer to digest, up to four days, and it often putrefies in your system before being completely digested. This encourages bad bacteria to grow, leading to disease. Anatomically speaking our digestive system, from the
Carnivores also have twenty times the stomach acid which allows them to break down meat more efficiently than humans. Carnivores, as a result, live shorter lives than herbivores such as elephants, rhinoceroses, whales, or giraffes whose long lifespan often mirrors or outlasts our own (Tora, Raj, 2011).
6. Better bone health.
A study from Cornell under nutritional biochemist Colin Campbell has found that a diet with meat uses more calcium from the body than a plant-based diet. This correlates to low bone density and higher rates of osteoporosis. The culprit is likely excess protein consumption with poor retention and absorption of dietary calcium. A vegetarian diet helps deliver both vitamin D and calcium, both necessary for higher bone density.
7. Avoid food poisoning.
Meat is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, especially if not stored, prepared or cooked correctly. Every living thing is a host to micro-organisms and while living they provide good health but after death these same micro-organisms begin decaying its host. Avoiding meat is the best way to avoid food poisoning.
8. Easier weight management.
Numerous studies have shown that vegetarians are slimmer and are less likely to be obese than meat-eaters. Vegetarian diets are actually ideal for our bodies because their quick digestion keeps our metabolic rate high. This keeps the body feeling light, fresh and active.
Some vegetables are also known as “negative calorie foods” where they burn more energy while being digested than what they provide (celery is one such example). Vegetarianism helps you to lose weight steadily, but permanently since you are basically shedding excess weight by clearing out clogged arteries and digestive tract.
Again, this is a debatable point as
10. Reduce animal suffering.
Well, this is obvious. We could talk all day about animal cruelty, the tiny cages, and the fact that animals can feel pain but one paragraph here of words will not make you understand animal sufferings. If you're want to shift your paradigm, watch some movies like Food Inc. I have a page of resources like this.
11. Help the environment.
The meat industry harms the environment in a multitude of ways. Raising livestock for meat consumption wastes
12.Energy and behavioral differences.
Imagine a wall of gears all attached to each other, if you push one, they all begin turning one-by-one and if you stop one, they all
13. Hormonal imbalance.
Another big problem these days is the amount of hormones pumped into meats for the look, weight, texture etc. Our bodies are so
These are only 13 reasons. I ended up writing 28 very different and distinct advantages for becoming a vegetarian in the first chapter of my book (which hopefully should be finished by April 2013. Let me know if you would like a specific topic included in it).
So the answer to "Why Vegetarianism?" is simple it makes you feel better. I would really like to know other knowledgeable individual's thoughts on this. Drop us a comment if you have any questions.