Benefits of Being Vegetarian – For Your Health For Our Planet

By | December 23, 2015

 

A vegetarian diet typically means people who will not eat animal products which include land and sea animals.

Generally, people, who call themselves vegetarians do consume eggs and dairy products.

Those who do not consume any animal protein whatsoever, not dairy, eggs or honey, is a vegan.

What are the benefits of being a vegetarian?

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These past few decades, several research teams and their studies have indicated that if a person takes on a vegetarian diet they will benefit greatly.  Here is a short list of what can happen once you become vegetarian:

Lower Body Weight –

A study carried out with 22,000 subjects, by the Cancer Research UK, found over a five year period, that those who continued to eat meat were putting on more weight than those who changed their diets to vegetarian.
This study also showed that vegans put on less weight as they mature, compared to meat eaters and vegetarians.

Better cholesterol levels –

A study by the scientists from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, showed that a vegetarian diet solely made up of specific plant foods will lower cholesterol as effectively as medication.
This particular study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association,  July 23rd issue. (source)

Longer Healthier Life –

Many studies have proven that a vegetarian diet will lower the risk of becoming obese, developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

Compared to meat eaters, vegetarians have a reduced risk of developing several different types of cancers, according to a recent UK study carried out by researchers working on the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition – Oxford (EPIC-Oxford)  (source)


How do I become vegetarian?   

Many people looking to become vegetarian for one reason or another tend to jump into it too quickly.
The best possible way to transition from one diet to another is slowly.

This gradual change will work better for two reasons:

  1. A slower transition into a new diet will tend to become more of a lifestyle than a fad.
  2. Your body will adapt better without putting your digestive system through too many sudden changes, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

You can gradually introduce vegetables, whole grains, legumes (lentils, beans) and different fruits, and steadily increase the volume while at the same time cutting back on the meat you consume.

  • Create a list for  groceries and plan ahead for your shopping
  • Take your time to read all food labels; many canned items contain lard
  • Find out where you can buy organic vegetables and other vegetarian products
  • If you are continuing with dairy, choose low or no-fat

Eating Meat and our Environment     

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

Our Land is being used exclusively to raise animals for consumption with valuable water and soil which is forever lost.

Trees are cut down clearing the way for grazing or factory-farm sheds, winding up with polluted rivers and streams from untreated water waste.

The Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating the 2nd biggest environmental hazard facing our Earth today, second to fossil fuel vehicles.

Global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Worldwatch Institute, is largely due to animal agriculture;  51 percent or more.  That number is staggering when you stop to think about it.

Some Facts: 

  • Cows must eat sixteen pounds of vegetation to convert them into just one pound of flesh.
  • Raising cattle for food consumes more than half of all the water used in the U.S.A.
  • 2,500 gallons of water is used to produce ONE pound of meat. Comparatively, it only takes 25 gallons to produce one pound of wheat.
  • Producing one single burger uses the same amount of fossil fuel to drive a small car for twenty miles.
  • More than one-third of fossil fuel and raw materials are used to raise animals for consumption in the U.S.A

The Environmental Protection Agency states that raising animals for consumption is the number on source for our water pollution.  

The average pig factory generates the same volume of raw waste as does a city of 12,000 inhabitants. 

  • 87 percent of all agricultural land in the U.S.A is used to raise animals for consumption.
    That would be 45 percent land mass total in the United States!
  • 260 million acres of our forests are cleared to create agricultural cropland only to produce feed for animals raised for food.
  • 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S.A is from the meat industry.
  • More than eighty percent of all corn the U.S grows and more than ninety-five percent of all oats are fed to livestock.
  • Just the cattle alone consume the quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of the entire population on earth; 8.7 billion people.
  • According to Worldwatch Institute, ” Roughly two of every five tons of grain produced in the world is fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products especially of beef could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on our land.”    (source)

 

Where vegetarians get their protein

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

The first question everyone wants to know is, “where will I get the protein needed for a vegetarian diet”

Proteins are the building blocks of life.

Protein breaks down into amino acids which help promote cell growth and repair.

Animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs, are all good sources of protein, however, they are also high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

 

Excellent sources of protein

  • Soy products
  • Edamame
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Eggs (for non-vegan diet)
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)

What you need is the creativity to explore your options with these different foods.  There are endless recipes to help the newbie just beginning a new lifestyle being vegetarian.

“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food.” – Hippocrates

This is the message from the founding father of modern medicine.  Our current state of health, as a nation, is suffering much chronic illness in which millions are suffering everyday maladies.

Despite all the billions of dollars thrown into research for the ‘new drug’ or ‘new cure,’ we continue to suffer as a nation.

Toxic therapies thru new drugs from pharmaceutical companies is leaving us more dependent than ever on medicine which is hurting more than helping.

There is a drug for everything.

Nutrient lacking foods created for the mass population and ads everywhere selling you another fix, creating more diabetics than already exists is criminal.

A vicious cycle that needs to be stopped.

There are too many people eating packaged foods without the necessary life force that is needed to truly live a whole and happy life.

Instead, they are sick, obese and unhappy.

This is how many live these days.

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

The great news is more people are looking to better their lives through better nutrition.

There are so many new diet fads on the market these days. This can make it hard for anyone looking to help themselves.

The simplest and best way for anyone looking to change their diet is to begin by doing some basic research.

Find what works for you and what you feel is best suited for your needs.

I’ve had many years researching a plethora of different fads and diets, by living with each fad and ‘trying them on’ so to speak, only to finally be living with what works best for me, a well-rounded vegetarian diet.

It is my passion to share this with anyone and everyone who will take a look at our world, the state it is in, who is wanting to help by making simple daily changes beginning with the food they are consuming.

It’s hard not facing the reality once the truth is exposed.

The greenhouse effects from our agriculture system raising cattle is a big one to know about and simply not care or do anything about.

It is very doable and not out of our reach to make positive change happen.

Taking these necessary steps now can help the future of our children.

Our planet is depending on us to make the right choices.

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

 

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25 thoughts on “Benefits of Being Vegetarian – For Your Health For Our Planet

  1. Nemira

    Hello here. I wonder if I can count myself vegetarian. Sometimes I do not eat meat for few months but if I visit my friends and they have tasty pork ribs, I am okay with them.
    You are right about benefits being vegetarian. Just we need to get all nutrients with food. Proteins are vitally important as building material for liver and metabolism.
    I prefer Spirulina as the main source of proteins. Some legumes or nuts are great addition to the menu.
    You mentioned the soy as the source of proteins. For me soy did not work. It made mess with my thyroid. Now I am okay, but without soy.
    All the best, be healthy and wealthy, Nemira.

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  2. John Rico

    I’m a meat lover and eat fruits and vegetables only sometimes. I like how informative and enjoyable to read your article is. I want to eat more vegetables and fruits but I don’t know why I can’t eat them more. I have some questions. What will be the best fruit and vegetable to eat?

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      All veggies and all fruits are so good it’s hard to pick one over the other!!

      Begin slowly and see how your taste buds adjust 😉

      You will be amazed at how well your body, mind and spirit will feel from introducing this healthy life-style.

      Thanks for your comment and please stop by again!

      Cheers!

      Meherbani

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  3. Chris

    I used to argue with one of my ex’s about this subject but it turned out she sort of won every time – I was a little bit closed minded to say the least. I now realze that fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, magnesium, unsaturated fat, and countless phytochemicals are in abundance with veggie choices – some of them taste pretty cool too! 🙂

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      I bet you’re not arguing anymore!! How great is it that you were open enough to make these changes and see the great results it had and still has to offer. Good for you 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      Much appreciated 🙂

      Meherbani

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  4. Xin Zhang

    Hello,

    I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and I do eat fish and eggs. I find my body feels healthier when I eat vegetarian. I also find it easier not to gain weight if I skip meat as well as wheat flour. I am not allergic but I find that wheat flour and the resulting carbs tend to make me gain weight. Have you experienced this as well?

    We wear out steamers about every 6-8 months as we stem vegetables every day. I am always looking for new easy to make recipes, if you have any.

    Lastly, as you get older does a vegetarian diet have even more advantages?

    Thanks,

    Xin

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      I am not allergic to anything but I do find when I eat too much wheat flour I tend to gain weight.

      I’ll be adding recipes to my site eventually so please do stop by again as my site is continually growing.

      And, Yes! I am 55 years old and eating a vegetarian diet is absolutely more advantageous than not.

      Thanks for leaving me a comment!

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  5. Ben

    Being a vegetarian interests me. I’m not so sure that I will be able to go vegetarian all the way, but eating less meat and more of a vegetarian diet is certainly possible for me. I also now know the reason why vegetarians eat eggs and dairy – people who don’t are called vegans. But aren’t there some vegetarians who eat fish as well, or are they not true vegetarians?

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      If you are not interested in “going all the way” it’s good to at least cut back on the red meats. This alone will help in many ways unbeknownst to you right now. Try it and let me know how it goes. I cannot claim who is a purist and who is not. But, I can say that if you’re eating fish then you’re not a vegetarian. Fish is flesh.

      Thank you for your comment!

      Reply
  6. Lovejeg

    Hey.

    This is a very interesting site. I have always wonder about the vegan / vegetarian debate. Your site has made it very clear. I am however still a meat eater, but have reduced it considerably. I have a wheat intolerance. So I try and stay away from that.

    Your site is informative and well designed.
    All the best.
    Michelle

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      Thank you, Michelle! I appreciate your comments and feedback! Please stop by again … as this site is still in its baby stages …. have a great day, Meherbani

      Reply
  7. Jan K

    Thanks for such a great sharing to save our planet of earth. Am really embarrassed that I’m a heavy meat eater and it has caused me high cholesterol without improvement in my yearly medical check-up report.

    I had been once changed my diet without meat and couldn’t last for even a week as it brought me inconveniences got hungry easily and fast, and also stomach upset due to sudden change of diet. Like you advice above on how to change to vegetarian gradually so that our body could adapt it slowly.

    This is really a great article guide helping me to improve my diet and health while saving the planet of earth too. It may be tough for me to be 100% vegetarian but I will try my very best to cut down my meat consumption towards my vegetarian goal in one day. Your list of the excellent sources of protein will be very helpful to me diet plan now. Thank you, Meherbani!

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      I appreciate your honesty! Take your time when adapting to a new lifestyle. It will be worth your effort, though.

      Thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment!

      Reply
  8. Julie

    The article really shows the exact details on why being vegetarian is great for our lives. I had a friend that tends to get tired everytime she exercises, but when she started to turn vegetarian, she became more energetic than I do after one year. The results are really inspiring, and this article proves it even more!

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      I know many people, myself included, that have way more energy eating a well-rounded vegetarian diet.
      Great for your friend doing so well. Thank you for your comment!

      Reply
  9. Margaret

    Interesting article about vegetarian diets but aren’t the people who do not eat any animal products actually called vegans not vegetarians. I’m not a vegetarian but have been eating a lot of vegetarian meals in an effort to reduce my cholesterol. I tried to eat totally vegan but I found I needed meat in my diet. Is it possible to change the lifetime habits of and omnivorous human being? I would really like to see more recipes and products for vegans.

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      Yes, people who do not consume any animal products, nor their by-products are called vegans, however, I do consume dairy, honey and sometimes I eat eggs, therefore, I am a vegetarian. I am not sure about changing life time habits, I certainly can’t tell an Eskimo not to eat fish! More importantly is paying close attention to where you buy your beef if that is what you choose; grass-fed is best. I’ll be adding vegan and vegetarian recipes as I grow my site … thank you for your comment, I appreciate you stopping by.

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  10. Dinh

    I like the benefits of being a vegetarian- lower cholesterol, lower body weight and longer and healthier life but I think it’s hard to do. It’s a good idea to eat more vegetables, fruit and nuts in general but what if you enjoy meat and fish? I would find it hard to give it up totally.
    What sort of cancers would I avoid if I started a vegetarian diet?

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      That question I’ll leave to the experts. Generally, the body is better off being more alkaline, rather than acidic. More importantly is paying close attention to the way cattle are being raised these days. The article talks about greenhouse effects and the agriculture creating it. A good thing to pay attention to, and if you choose to consume meat products, look for grass-fed beef.

      I appreciate your comment!

      Reply
  11. Diana

    I found this very interesting and am looking at becoming vegetarian for the health benefit, but I’ve always been a little skeptical about tofu. Do you know if there are any good recipes or ways to make it taste good? I think it could be a great way to maybe substitute my current meat choices, but still unsure.

    This is a great site! Lots of great information! Thanks!

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      That’s great that you’re beginning to think outside your comfort zone. I’ll be adding recipes which will include tofu, but for now there are plenty of places you can find ways to use it. Thank you for your comment.

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  12. Derek Marshall

    Being vegetarian is beneficial to our health. Vegetarians have higher levels of vitamins and minerals in their bodies, lower cholesterol, better overall cardio health, lower risk to diabetes.

    The human body is not designed to process meat. All animals that that eat meat have a short intestine. All Animals that are herbivores have a long intestine. Humans have long intestines.

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      I truly believe this as well, that not eating animals is the best way to live and thrive. I would have a hard time telling an Eskimo not to eat fish, though. I think we need to look at where we get our food and pay close attention to we consume it. Thank you for your comment.

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  13. ProMotion8 (WA)

    I didn’t know that raising cattle consumes so much water. Is that why many places in the US have drought?
    Quinoa is an excellent plant source of protein too. It’s got the highest amount of protein. It’s versatile too–can grind it to make flour for bread, make a plant milk, eat as a breakfast cereal, or use it in granola…

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    1. Meherbani Post author

      You know, that may be another reason we’re having a terrible drought! I love Quinoa and use it often with many recipes.
      I appreciate your comment, thank you!

      Reply

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