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Health benefits and risks of vegetarian diet and non vegetarian diet

Vegetarian diet and non vegetarian dietDiet 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.

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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: paul.23hench@gmail.com.

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Become a Vegetarian, Without Too Much Trouble

There are many reasons to become a vegetarian, besides the most obvious humanitarian one. It’s wrong to take a life just because we are more powerful, and when the killing is for hedonistic reasons, it’s even worse. When you become a vegetarian, your health improves and you feel fitter and more energetic than ever before without all that unhealthy fat that hinders digestion and adds to your weight. So if you’re contemplating turning over a new leaf and forgoing all meat products for good, here’s how you can do it the easy way:

Start out slowly: Some people find that quitting cold turkey works for them, but for most others who love eating meat, it’s the slow method that works permanently. Start out by giving up a few non-vegetarian items that are the unhealthiest and then slowly eliminate the rest from your diet. Eat less of pork and other fatty red meats, and more of fish and chicken to satisfy your taste buds. And as the days go on, you know you can give these up too because you’ve kept your resolve with the other meats.

Try it for a month: Some people take it up as a challenge and go vegetarian for a month. They find that it is easier to stick to being a vegetarian when they have a time limit, and at the end of it, when they find that they feel much better and have lost weight, it’s easier to continue this diet. When you know you can do it for a limited period of time, it’s easy to do it permanently too.

Buy vegetarian: My journey to vegetarianism began when I avoided buying meats during any shopping trip. With only veggies and fruits in my fridge and freezer, I had no choice but to cook vegetarian. I found that I did not miss meat all that much when it was not available, so it was easy to avoid it on the rare occasions we did eat out. So shop healthy, and become a vegetarian the easy way.

Indulge your favourite veggie treats: If you feel the craving for meat, indulge your taste buds with your favourite vegetarian food like cake or ice cream. This helps you stick to your resolve during the initial period when temptation tries to get the better of you. But remember that this is a short term strategy and not one to be adopted forever if you want to remain healthy and slim.

Substitute non vegetarian ingredients in recipes: If a recipe calls for meat, find a tasty vegetarian alternative. In general, the key is to trick your taste buds into loving vegetarian food and not missing meat so much that you break your resolve and go back to eating unhealthy and fatty food.

If you’re on the borderline and wondering if you should cross over to becoming a vegetarian, don’t think twice; just do it!

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This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapy Assistant Schools . She welcomes your comments at her email id : shannonwills23@gmail.com .

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