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What You Should Know About a Vegetarian Diet

May 16, 2008
If you have been considering giving up meat, you may well be asking yourself if it is worth becoming a vegetarian. Your first question might be whether one additional person can make a noticeable difference.

However, if enough individuals do stop, it becomes statistically more important to the health of animals on this planet. The primary reason for the change is the reduction of deaths caused by heart disease that is brought about by the huge consumption of meat.

Heart disease and circulation problems generally are mainly the result of cholesterol which is found in eggs, dairy foods and of course, meat. According to Earth Save, the average vegetarian has about a quarter of a chance of having a heart attack as the average person.

The risk of a heart attack for vegans is even lower with only a one in ten chance of having a heart attack against those of a person who eats meat. But these are not the only health benefits of choosing to be a vegetarian.

For instance, you won't be exposed to nearly as many preservatives, which are common in meat and are linked to cancer. Of course vegetarians will not be exposed to the number of additional hormones that are fed to cattle as part of their feed and will not experience some of the hormone problems people have because of this.

A digestive problem, which many nutritional experts believe to be caused by intolerance to lactose, will also be avoided. Ok so there are obvious health benefits to becoming a vegetarian but it will also mean that many animals will not be harmed either.

According to veganoutreach.org, the average American consumes 2,714 land animals in their lifetime. It is a sobering thought that a change in diet could literally save hundreds of animals from being slaughtered over the course of a decade alone. Furthermore, by reducing your intake of dairy products and eggs, many hens and cows will have better living conditions.

So if you haven't worked it out by now, yes we can all make a difference both individually and collectively which should show why becoming a vegetarian is so important. An improvement in your overall health with less chance of cancer or a heart condition and the reduction of animal deaths provide a compelling argument.
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