Vegetarianism- IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
How do I eat enough protein?
1 Serving Of Protein
Grams of Protein Per Serving
1/4 cup cooked beans
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup nuts or seeds
“Animals are friends... and I don’t eat my friends” ~George Bernard Shaw. Apart from the obvious reason to become a vegetarian, the questionable ethics at stake, vegetarianism actually has more benefits than one might believe. Not only does a vegetarian diet save the lives of animals, but it can also save the lives of humans by reducing the risk of diseases, helping to maintain a healthy weight, and providing a longer life expectancy.
Many people think that vegetarians actually have an unhealthy life style because they “don’t consume enough protein”. Quite the contrary, vegetarians get plenty of protein through plant-based sources such as beans, tofu, and nuts or legumes. Most people actually consume too much protein and with animal-based protein comes fat and cholesterol. It is estimated that approximately seventy percent of all diseases are related to diet, including a third of all cancer diagnoses. Having a plant-based diet can prevent, treat, or reverse heart disease as well as reduce the risk of cancer. Meat-based diets are filled with saturated fats and cholesterol that slow the body down, clog the arteries, and bring on weight gain in the form of fat. In limiting the amount of fats and cholesterols one consumes, vegetarianism makes it easier to stay within a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). It even makes it easier to lose weight, because limiting the fat and cholesterol also provides the body with more energy.
The benefits actually add up to a longer, healthier life – increasing the life expectancy drastically. In fact, a vegetarian diet adds approximately thirteen years to one’s life. Thirteen! According to Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and author of The Real Age Diet: Make Yourself, “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age.” Vegetarianism leads to healthier eating habits that last a lifetime, and increase the quality of life while adding years to it at the same time.
And while enjoying a longer, healthier lifestyle vegetarians also have the benefit of peace of mind at the end of the day. It is a very satisfying feeling to know the difference a vegetarian diet can make, not only for the consumer, but for the lives of animals and for the environment as well. The Environmental Protecton Agency (EPA) discovered that more than 173,000 miles of polluted bodies of water are cause by chemical and animal waste runoffs from factory farms, and every year ten billion animals are killed for human consumption. That is why every vegetarian makes the difference. For every vegetarian, approximately one hundred animals are saved annually. The peace of mind that comes from a vegetarian diet can only benefit one’s quality of life even further.
So even if doing it for the animals isn’t enough, do it for yourself! The health benefits are worth the change. As Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”.