Many people wish to make the switch to an all vegetarian diet and the majority benefit from doing so. Here are some reasons why you should convert to a vegetarian diet, be it ethical or health related.
You may have considered switching to a vegetarian diet in the past, but may have been concerned at not being able to make this transition, or not being able to take in enough nutrients that your body needs. You may be a staunch meat eater and would never consider turning vegetarian, but do give some thought as to the benefits that a vegetarian diet can do for you as well as the people around you.
Farm animals are fattened in order to increase their size, increasing the weight of the meat, and thus increasing profits. Eating this meat increases your fat intake, thus increasing the chances of you developing heart disease or becoming obese.
Vegetarians have half the risk of developing heart disease when compared with their meat eating counterparts.
Rates of developing cancer amongst vegetarians are 25-50% less than in their carnivorous counterparts.
Each year, the vast majority of the millions of food poisoning cases reported are caused by meat.
There are no proteins or vitamins in meat that cannot be obtained from a fully vegetarian diet.
The large majority of sausages contain pig intestines.
Male chicks are often slaughtered because they are unable to lay eggs.
The meat you eat comes from animals just like us. These animals feels pain, just as we do. They are forced to spend their final hours being led to the slaughter, packed with other animals with barely space to breathe.
Millions of tonnes of grain are fed to farmed animals so people can eat meat. If this grain were used to feed humans rather than farmed animals, the global poor could be fed much more efficiently.
If you eat meat, you contribute towards global warming. Meat eating causes almost 40 per cent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks and planes in the world combined. This is due to the gasses emitted from animals such as cows, as well as the operation of slaughter houses.
Meat eating contributes to the destruction of precious topsoil.
The general production of meat causes a great deal of pollution.
A human being can gain more energy from a vegetarian diet than a meat diet. Raising animals for food wastes resources as the food generally gives up only a part of its energy to the consumer. When an animal eats grain, energy is consumed and then used up between the human eating the farmed animal. By cutting out this middle link in the chain, one can gather more energy and also feed more people across the globe.
A vegetarian diet costs less than a meat based diet.
Vegetarians often live longer, and suffer from less disease, than meat eaters.