PERSONAL HEALTH - NEW RESEARCH ON THE VEGETARIAN DIET. HE central question about vegetarian diets used to be whether it was healthy to eliminate meat and other animal foods, which are rich sources of essential nutrients, especially complete protein, iron and vitamin B-12.
Now, however, the main question has become whether it is healthier to be a vegetarian than to be a meat eater. With more than 10 million Americans (most of them young) saying they are vegetarians and millions of others limiting their consumption of meat and poultry, those are important health questions for the people involved and the society at large. The answer to both questions, based on currently available evidence, seems to be yes. Is Vegetarianism Healthy? Personal Health There is a seemingly endless debate about what constitutes a "healthy" diet, leading to plenty of confusion.
Because you want the best for your family, this can be frustrating. Many people consider giving up meat and becoming vegetarians, so it's certainly worthwhile to ask: Is vegetarianism healthy? The Good The first benefit of vegetarianism is also the most obvious: If you stop eating meat and eat more fruits and vegetables, it's likely you'll get more nutrients. The Not-So-Good One of the major mistakes people make when becoming vegetarians is assuming the eating style is automatically healthy. A vegetarian diet may leave you open to certain nutrient deficiencies, such as: Protein.Vitamin B12.Iron.Zinc.Omega-3 fatty acids. For the most part, vegetarians can get adequate levels of these nutrients from a carefully planned diet. Making the Switch It should be noted that health is just one of the reasons people choose to become vegetarians.
Posted in Personal Health. 49 Good Reasons For Being A Vegetarian. Veganism and social justice - Vegan Society NSW. The production and consumption of animal products causes many social justice issues.
Some of these are briefly described below. For a more detailed discussion of many of these issues, see Discussion Paper: The Link Between Meat Production and Human Rights by Aloysia Brooks. Human hunger and malnutrition "Every day forty thousand children die in the world for lack of food. We who overeat in the West, who are feeding grains to animals to make meat, are eating the flesh of these children Over 20 million people will die this year as a result of malnutrition and approximately one billion people, mostly rural women and children, suffer chronic hunger. The environment and human rights Animal production is a major cause of environmental destruction, including global warming. Lack of fresh water Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource and is used to excess for the production of animal products. The rights of indigenous people Conflict Violence Effect on workers in slaughterhouses Links.
Why Vegan: Environmental and Social Impact. The environmental and social impact of diet is staggering!
Environmentally, the animal products industry is the #1 contributor to climate change. Socially, 80-90% of the world’s crops go to feeding our livestock- we could easily feed the world’s hungry if everyone adopted a vegan diet. What we choose to put into our bodies greatly impacts others and the world around us. By adopting a vegan diet, you can help save the environment and improve the lives of others (and yourself!). Vegan Environmental Impact Our choice of diet has the greatest impact on the environment of any decision we make. Vegan Social Impact The vegan lifestyle is more than just not eating meat and dairy– it takes into account other factors that affect our entire society. Your Impact. The Vegetarian Resource Group.
Vegetarian Diets-What is a vegetarian? In a very general sense, a vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat meat.
But that definition is too simple. There are several kinds of vegetarian diets: Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat milk products-such as milk, cheese, and yogurt-and eggs, but no meat, poultry, seafood, or fish. "Lacto" means "milk. " "Ovo" means eggs. WebMD SUGGESTS. A Vegetarian Diet Plan for Beginners.
More than 7 million people follow some form of a vegetarian diet, according to a study by "The Vegetarian Times," and 1 million of those follow a vegan diet, which eliminates all animal-derived products.
Once you get acclimated to it, sticking to a vegetarian diet becomes easy. At first, though, determining what a healthy vegetarian diet looks like can seem complicated and overwhelming. Becoming a vegetarian is a personal choice, as is how strict of a vegetarian you decide to be. As a beginner, determining what foods you're comfortable with eating can help you determine an appropriate meal plan. For example, an ovo-lacto vegetarian can consume eggs as a protein source, but lacto-vegetarians will need to find an alternative protein source because they don't eat eggs. As you ease into a new way of eating, make things easier on yourself by adapting some tried-and-true meals. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your diet is healthy just because you’re avoiding meat. Vegetarian Meal Plan. Meatless Meal Plans - Oh My Veggies. Seven Days of Vegetarian Meals.