To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat: The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet

To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat: The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian DietVegetarianism for many people seems like a recent fad that everybody and their brother seems to be jumping onto the bandwagon for, but the simple truth is that the vegetarian diet has been around for thousands of years and will continue to be the choice of millions upon millions of people for many more thousands of years. The term vegetarian can be defined in a couple of ways, but the most important thing that is prevalent throughout all forms is that they do not eat meat of any kind. From there, there are two subcategories: lacto vegetarians who eat both dairy & egg products and vegans who refrain from eating anything derived from an animal including dairy, eggs and sometimes honey as well. For those considering a vegetarian diet it is smart to consider the diet fully before attempting it, so take a look at the pros and cons list we have amassed for you to get a better understanding of what benefits and or problems arise from a no-meat diet.

Pros
-A Vegetarian diet is full of fiber
-Vegetarianism helps the dieter to keep supplied with certain vital nutrients the body needs
-It keeps you from filling up on food high in fat and calories
-A Vegetarian diet has been linked to a longer lifespan
-Vegetarians often have much lower blood pressure and cholesterol than those who eat meat
-Vegetarianism significantly lowers the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer in those who follow the diet
-Vegetarianism offers a ethical reward of not participating in the unethical treatment of animals in many animal food farms

Cons

-Unless the diet is well planned many vegetarians lack the proper amounts of protein, zinc, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids and B12 in their diet.
-Vegetarians must be vigilant about the foodstuffs they eat as many products such as cheeses are made with an ingredient known as rennet which is made with the stomachs of slaughtered calves.
-Eating out becomes an issue because it can be difficult to find vegetarian dishes that follow a no-meat product cooking process in non-vegetarian restaurants.
-The diet requires a little cooking creativity to keep from becoming bored with the diet selection very quickly
-For those who having lived a vegetarian lifestyle all their lives the process of adapting to the diet can be quite difficult to sustain, especially those who had a high meat diet beforehand.

A vegetarian diet simply isn’t for everyone and those who are considering it need to take both the pros and cons of the diet into account. For those who have a religious, moral or ethical reason for the diet they might find adapting to the diet more easily, but not always. Like with any diet this one must be carefully planned out to be beneficial to you and your needs. If you do go ahead with the choice of being a vegetarian find people or sources of information to help make the choice as easy and sustainable as possible.