Nutritious and Delicious

I wanted to investigate the health practicality of eating vegetarian, even though I have decided not to pursue this diet. I researched a few of the specific questions I had in mind:

1. What are the nutritional pros of eating vegetarian? 
– lower count in saturated fats, little or no cholesterol
– plants are higher in fiber, vitamin B, and folic acid than animals
– veggie diets contain fewer calories
– food lower on the food chain contain less pollutants

2. Can vegetarians be healthier in the long-run?
– Yes, in the sense that people who eat plants tend to live longer and healthier lives than people who eat animals
– high fiber and antioxidants in vegetarian diets lead to reduced risk for colon, stomach, mouth, esophagus, lung, prostate, bladder, and breast cancer.
– low levels in cholesterol and saturated fat lead to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and stroke.
– vegetarians are less likely to get diabetes and visual blindness from macular degeneration
– tend to have lower percentage of body fat

3. How do vegetarians get enough protein?
– you do not need to eat muscle to make muscle
– dairy products, eggs, grains, legumes provide plenty of protein
– you can get all the protein you need from a peanut butter sandwich, couple glasses of milk, or a cup of yogurt

4. Can vegetarian diets lead to nutritional deficiencies?
– Only strict vegans are at risk of deficiencies in some nutrients.
– with a balanced diet, Lacto-ovo vegetarians are unlikely to suffer from nutrient deficiencies
– there are no essential nutrients in meat that are not also found in eggs, dairy, and fish.
– may be at risk for Vitamin B-12 deficiency, since animal foods are the best source
– however it would takes years to become deficient in this vitamin.
– Zinc deficiency may also be at risk with an unbalanced diet.

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As we all learn in elementary school, the best diet to have is a balanced diet consisting of more vegetables and fruit than meat and dairy.

Works Cited:
– Being a Vegetarian
How to Get the Best Nutrition

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3 thoughts on “Nutritious and Delicious

  1. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget about the triangle of a balance diet in their daily lives. I guess we can argue that people who pursue vegetarian, vegan, or vegetarian-inclined diet care more about their dietary consumption, and thus are in less danger of nutritional deficiencies. I know that the whole idea of vegetarian-inclined diet is controversial, however, I am wondering if such a diet would actually be overall more balance?

  2. I agree with a lot of these points, however I have heard different theories regarding vitamin B12. I heard that many people with vitamin B12 deficiency are actually meat eaters even though meat is full of vitamin B12. Also, B12 is actually produced by our own bodies and while many people think vegetarians should take a B12 supplement, some people say this is a myth and vegetarians will be fine without supplements. Nowadays, I find that a lot of the food I eat is fortified with vitamin B12, but I would be curious to find out if I would be deficient if I didn’t eat any of these fortified foods.

  3. This does a good job of summarizing the nutritional advantages of a vegetarian diet, and of dispelling false information about possible downsides to the diet such as not providing enough protein. I do wonder, however, if next week you could delve into some problems of the vegetarian diet. This post takes a pro-vegetarianism stance, which I endorse as a practicing vegetarian, but are there nutritional reasons to choose, as you have, to not take up the lifestyle?

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