Question about vegetarianism and meat eating.?

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Question by Brist: Question about vegetarianism and meat eating.?
Is being a vegetarian really healthy? Can you eat like a vegetarian without taking supplements or vitamins? (when I talk about vegetarianism I mean the kind where you can’t even eat fish). Are meats toxic or are they needed? What are the benefits of meat? I’m giving points for the best answer but I want sources (NO PATHOS OR ETHOS IN YOUR ANSWER, only logical appeal) My parents forced me to watch a pro-vegetarian video and I want to get the facts straight.
Oh and when I talk about meat, I mean the organic stuff you get from Whole Foods. That’s where we get all our food because my parents are health freaks.

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Answer by Matt T
yes, it has been conclusively proven through extensive worldwide studies by independent, highly respected international health advisory boards that a vegetarian diet is significantly healthier than one which includes meat and animal products. This is true for all ages, infant to adult, and includes pregnant and lactating women.

Beginning in 1983, the China study, looked at 6,500 participants over the course of several years, documenting their dietary habits, lifestyles and health. This comprehensive study was a combined effort of the Chinese, United Kingdom and United States.

The first results were made public in 1989, and were unequivocal. The less meat consumed, the lower the risk of developing common chronic diseases as noted above. The study also debunked the Western myth of promoting meat as a necessary source of iron. Among the largely vegetarian-based diets of the Chinese, the average vegetarian had twice the iron intake of the average U.S. citizen.

meat is toxic because you are getting the pesticides from the plants farm animals eat and the antibiotics and hormones.

What are the health benefits of a vegetarian diet?
According to the ADA, vegetarians are at lower risk for developing:

Heart disease, Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers,
Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension (high blood pressure)

This is because a healthy vegetarian diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber. However, even a vegetarian diet can be high in fat if it includes excessive amounts of fatty snack foods, fried foods, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Therefore, a vegetarian diet, like any healthy diet, must be well planned in order to help prevent and treat certain diseases.

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Question by Jocelyn: Is eating meat occasionally actually healthier than being a strict vegetarian?
Meat lovers will always say you need to eat meat. Vegetarians will say you are better off without it entirely. I just want to know the unbiased truth though. Which would be better, eating a mostly vegetarian diet with lean meats (non-factory farmed) occasionally (about once or twice a month), or going completely vegetarian/vegan? If anyone has any websites with real facts to back them up that would be highly appreciated. Also, please don’t give me a lecture on how horrible it is to kill animals. This is strictly a health question.

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Answer by Lizzie
The unbiased truth is that every body is different – there are plenty of stories on the internet about former vegetarians or vegans who found that their bodies function better with small amounts of meat. There are also vegans who will occasionally eat meat, but don’t make it public knowledge as their choices on what to eat are judged every day anyway.

I am vegetarian, my husband is omni. After a few days at best of veggie food, his body craves meat. I don’t want to eat it ever, but his body really craves it. I think we both manage our health just fine.

I think going completely veg or eating meat occasionally are going to be just as healthy as each other, provided that the quality of diet is equal. A veg meal of chips, cookies, and chocolate soymilk is not going to be comparable to one of free-range pork with organically produced potatoes and a green salad, for example.

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