Why Vegetarian? We always hear this line of questioning to people who are strict in sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet. In most cases, it is always followed by another question – Where do you get your protein? However, the interests of most vegetarians are not solely focused to personal health, but to a bigger picture of the whole scenario. For most vegetarians, there are over a hundred and one reasons to be a vegetarian. It’s not all because they want to be healthy. It’s not all about being fit. It’s not all about fighting diseases. A vegetarian entails more than self-interests. While most people switched to the lifestyle primarily because they want to become healthier, they soon found out that being a vegetarian is all about preservation in general.
Now that the topic of preservation come to light, it is reasonable enough to answer the question – Why vegetarian? The very simple answer is – because I care. Vegetarians care about preservation – the preservation of the rainforest, the preservation of the creatures created by God, the preservation of the water systems, the preservation of topsoil, the preservation of Earth in general. When you are a vegetarian, you believe that the most important thing to do in order to adhere to such concerns is to be a vegetarian, to consume only vegetarian food.
To such extent, it is very interesting to note the remarks of the great thinker of the past decades about being a vegetarian:
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet
We can certainly point out, one by one, the cause and effect of consuming animal meat but certainly this entire page would not be enough to tackle each issue. So what makes one a vegetarian? It’s the conviction, the ideals, the commitment, and the goal to preserve our Earth for the greater good. Being a vegetarian is all about being ethical and moral at its finest.
You can be a vegetarian by starting to believe on something before addressing your own wants and vices. In fact, vegetarian ideal is more of a moral code and not just a lifestyle trend.
When you are a vegetarian you can preserve the environment in many ways:
Think about this. It takes more fossil fuel to produce and processed meat products rather than process vegetarian foods. For instance, 1 part of beef protein needs about 78 parts of fossil fuel for the processing alone, while 1 part of soybean only needs 1 part of fossil fuel. The difference is huge! That is fossil fuel preservation! Take note, fossil fuel is non-renewable – once used, the energy is lost forever!
How about water preservation? If you look at a closer comparison, you will realize that processing animal meat needs as much as 15 times water as it does to process plant protein. Vegetarians greatly contribute to water preservation!
And the list can even go on to a hundred.
So How About My Personal Health?
This is where the list can certainly reach to a hundred of answers for your own personal health benefits. But to sum it up, being a vegetarian can do you no harm at all. What can give you harm is consuming meat products. Think about this: there are over 10, 000 animal drugs used by the agribusiness to improve the quality of livestock and over the period of time, this number increases. The risks are greater for those who are in the second consumption phase. The negative effects are well documented in clinical findings. When you are a vegetarian, you only not become healthy and fit, but you also prevent yourself from following the line of diseases and risks from consuming animal products that were subjected to animal drugs. Not only that, animal meat eaters are prone to contracting worms and other parasites from these animals. Perhaps, you would not want to read all the negative effects of eating animal meat; it is really disgusting!
So are you crossing your fingers now? Are you proud to be a vegetarian? You should be!