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Omnivore, carnivore, vegetarian or vegan – choosing the best diet for your health

Updated on January 21, 2012

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Health is the biggest wealth. It rhymes, but it’s also true. Our health depends mostly on what we eat and how do we combine different sorts of food into our diet. Being omnivore, carnivore, vegetarian or a vegan determines our beliefs, our approach to health and everyday survival. Then, what diet is the best for our health and what scientific facts stand for it? Some of you may not agree, but in my opinion, the best health could be achieved if you are omnivore. Why omnivore? Let’s see…

Omnivores are living beings who use, for their diet, both meat and plants. So, by knowing this fact, omnivores are mostly dependant on eating both types of food, but in different ratio. For example, some of the animals and humans are also omnivores, except for some people who have chosen their diet as one of the three mentioned above. If we include both meat and plants into our everyday diet, we would involve all necessary molecules for our body. Let’s analyze every diet determination mentioned above and show why they are not good for our body.

Carnivores – Those persons eat only meat and animal products, like milk, eggs and fat. This food is rich in proteins, lipids, vitamins, iron (Fe2+ and Fe3+) and other metal and non-metal ions. All these products are essential for our body, since we either produce in small amounts or don’t produce these products. We need those products to maintain the structure of our cells and tissues in order to product different molecules, like hormones, other cells and strengthen our immune system. But, even if meat has useful substances in it, many of them are also dangerous to your health. Lipids from fat could attach themselves to blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis, or blood vessel illness which lowers blood flow due to vessel narrowness. Depending on which part of your area is hit, you could suffer from either stroke or a heart failure. Also, eating meat could lead to various types of cancer. One of the most common types of cancer is a colon cancer, which is caused by eating meat above its recommendations. Also, if we eat meat which hasn’t been controlled for microorganism and various hormones and antibiotics, which are used to cure and develop animal, we could easily get ill and sometimes it could end with a death. So, from said above, eating only meat is not quite healthy for your body.

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Vegetarians and vegans (groups which are almost the same, but have some differences, and so are described together) – Vegetarian diet is based on eating plants and animal products. Vegan diet is based on eating just plants, without animal products. Plants are rich with sugar, lipids (which differ from animal’s and are healthier), vitamins. Eating plants cleans your organism, prevents atherosclerosis and many other illnesses. But, iron ions which could be also found in plants, are not very digestive, like animal’s, so people who are vegetarians or vegans, are most likely to suffer from iron deficiency and anemia (small amount of erythrocytes or red blood cells), muscle weakening (due to lower amount of essential amino-acids) and many other illnesses connected with hormone disorder. Even if you could a bit healthier than carnivores, vegetarians and vegan don’t import some of the substances which are essential in providing and maintaining health, which is set up by plants.

And then again, being omnivore includes all mentioned pros and cons. But, if our diet is proper, balanced and well-organized, you could also avoid bad things and enhance good ones. Including meat in your diet could bring essential proteins and amino-acids, metal and non-metal ions and including plants in your diet you receive healthy lipids, necessary vitamins and ions. Combination is like having jin and jang in one cup and maintaining good and bad so you could improve your health and prolong your life. For example, we’ve mentioned that eating meat leads to colon cancer, but eating plants brings essential fibers which are not digestive in our vowels, because we don’t have proper enzymes to dissolve them and so, our vowels need to eliminate those irritating products. Therefore, fibers enhance peristaltic (or vowel movement) of your vowels and elimination of waste, which is stuck while delivering toxins and damaging your body. Eating meat provides your body with iron ions and production of new red blood cells. Erythrocytes develop properly and are in normal number, so they’re capable of connecting oxygen molecules in your lungs and delivering them to your cells. This brings energy to your cells and natural cycle is prolonged, thanks to healthy diet. It is all about making perfect combination…

I’ve tried to answer all you dilemmas about food and health, and I hope that I’ve been successful. This topic is never going to be definite, because people have different requirements and beliefs, which are not in order with what I’ve written above. This article is a part of a thought I have about food and have decided to share it with. And knowledge isn’t practical if you don’t use it and share it, right? Now it’s up to you to decide…

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    • IndiePharm profile image

      IndiePharm 6 years ago from Niš, Serbia

      I think that you should talk with your doctor. Even if I am pharmacy student, I wouldn't recommend iron pills or such, but since I'm on a third year, I don't really know much about it. It is important to incorporate essential food in your diet. Both meat and plants contain necessary products, but not the same ones, so being an omnivore could enable proper diet. Remember that it is not about the food, but about the dosage. It's also a life sentence for everything you do in your life...

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      Hayley Richardson 6 years ago from London, UK

      I'm actually having this dilemma right now so this was a useful hub for me. I'm currently vegetarian, just for the short term, because I have IBS and related problems and I've been following a vegetarian diet for a week to gain more fibre. This has improved my IBS symptoms but the lack of iron in my diet does worry me. I think I'm going to give it one more week and then go back to being an omnivore.