The Benefits Of Vegetarianism

By Anjali Samavedam, Pd. 3, January 2016, Ms. Wasser

Introduction

How can I create a flyer that will raise awareness for the benefits of vegetarianism? I chose this topic because I am a vegetarian, and have been told many times that the diet I follow does not have any benefits, cuts me off from many nutrients, and limits the diversity of the food I eat. I decided that I would reassure myself that none of the rumors I heard are true and thoroughly research the benefits of vegetarianism. 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian and only 1 million of the US population is a vegan (or consume no animal product at all). It also is known to lessen the chances of a variety of diseases and dilemmas. Vegetarianism can be beneficial to your physical, mental, and economical health. Along with that, a vegetarian diet can also meet all of your body's nutritional needs.

What benefits does vegetarianism have?

There are many benefits of following a vegetarian diet. They mainly consist of health benefits. For example, due to the controlled consumption of arachidonic acid (that is mainly found in meat) can cause mood conflict. Additionally, psoriasis causes skin irritation, redness, and itchiness and is mainly caused by daily consumption of meat. One's diet and cataract development are very closely tied. Eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables may decrease the chance of developing cataracts. The vegetarian diet consists of many antioxidant filled foods that can fight and overcome a portion of the stress that one faces. Due to the higher pH (less acidic) urine that vegetarians and vegans release, there is a lessened chance of developing kidney and bladder stones. On top of this, by adopting to a vegetarian diet, one can lower their budget by a large number. Meat is becoming fairly expensive today, and can't always be found in the freshest and purest state at a reasonable price. Lastly, rice and beans are an easy and nutritious source of protein and can be eaten with many other foods.
5 Health Benefits of Vegetarianism - Vegetarianism Benefits

What I learned form the video above

I learned that there are more benefits of vegetarianism that I imagined! Not only does it lower cholesterol, but it lowers LDL cholesterol. It also reverses the process of aging, diabetes, and heart disease.

Statistics

People who follow the vegetarian diet are less prone to many common diseases by a percentage. For example, having a diet that consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, and dairy or even managing meat consumption can reduce the likelihood of having diabetes by 50%. This is because majority of the vegetarians have less fatty tissue and the more fatty tissue a person has, the more resistant they are to insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood). Additionally, a Harvard study has shown that regular meat consumption increases colon cancer risk by roughly 300 percent. A famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.” I concur with this quote because if I had a pet, without a doubt I would call it my friend, and even if it I was in a life or death situation, I would not eat my pet. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” said an animal rights activist, Linda McCartney. I coincide this quote too because many people in the world love and live for the taste of animal flesh, but only few would like to see what had to be done in order for the meat to reach their mouth. After all the research I have done, I agree that having vegetarian or vegetarian routed diet can result in many health and economical perks, but this is only true when everything is eaten in moderation.