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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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Vegetarian-Inclined?

In just a few days it will be one month since I started eating Vegetarian. But what then? Reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan has nudged me to look deeper into the food choices that I make. What choices will truly make the difference or matter the most? Should we focus more on eating organic vs. non-organic, vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian, or both? What are the grey areas? Looking back at Pollan’s Points, I wonder, is it really worth the struggles to eat vegetarian?

shot-2013-04-26_21-25-32The rise of this concept of a “Vegetarian-inclined” diet has been quite controversial. How can one who is not ready to give up meat still be able to positively impact the environment? Can simply limiting one’s diet to that of a Flexitarian’s do any justice? Someone with a vegetarian-inclined diet would simply be eating his/her fair share, but not accounting for the entire meat industry as it continues to slaughter animals cruelly and excessively. Besides the common factor of reducing meat in a diet, there are no other clear similarities between a Vegetarian-Inclined and Vegan/Vegetarian diet. Is this grey area too far of a stretch or can one proudly announce themselves as having a Vegetarian-Inclined diet?

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22.8 million adult Americans claimed to practice a Vegetarian-inclined diet in a 2012 survey. Accounting for a large portion of the population, if practiced properly, I think, this diet can make a great impact on the way we produce meat. The concept provides as a great feasible goal for those who are not ready to give up meat. It allows for those who never considered Vegetarianism to at least consider a Vegetarian-Inclined diet. However, the concept could also be easily abused by those who want to create a good image for themselves without having to sacrifice too much of their own desires.