Diet is a matter of personal choice, so it’s up to you to decide what kind of food you want to eat and what is good for your body. Some people prefer to go vegetarian while others cannot do without their quota of meat products. Yet others take the vegan route while the rest prefer to eat raw food. We need to understand that no matter what we decide to eat, we must assume responsibility for our health.
The problem with non-vegetarian food is that it is high in cholesterol and fat, and as you grow older, it puts you at a high risk for heart disease, obesity and their related ills. Red meats like mutton and beef are more dangerous than lean meats like chicken and turkey, but even with the latter, the issue of artificially fattened poultry comes to the fore – when the weight of chickens and turkeys are boosted with hormones, the side effects pass on to the humans who eat them, and whether we admit it or not, this has a major effect on both male and female fertility and overall health. Another detrimental aspect of non-vegetarian food is that they are easily contaminated and spread diseases like E-coli which are fatal if not diagnosed and treated immediately.
Perhaps the only drawback of vegetarian food is that it does not provide you with certain vitamins like B12 and other nutrients like iron and zinc. However, people who have been vegetarian all their life learn to adapt and make do with supplements or fortified vegetarian equivalents. Also, since meat is a rich source of protein, vegetarians must find their daily requirement in legumes like chick peas and dhal.
Some people prefer to avoid dairy products too since they feel that it comes from animals and so, is not healthy either for their bodies or the environment. Since dairy is the main source of calcium for the human body, vegans have to ensure that they get their required amount from alternatives like soy and green leafy vegetables.
In general, vegetarian food is a better lifestyle choice since it does not cause unnecessary health complications, it does not make you gain weight, it reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, and it is more hygienic and easily digestible. So even if you’re not able to give up non-vegetarian food completely, try and go vegetarian for most of the week and eat meat only occasionally – you’re sure to notice a remarkable difference in the way you look and feel.
This guest post is contributed by Paul Hench, he writes on the topic of master in public health programs. He welcomes your comments at his email id: firstname.lastname@example.org.