Question about vegetarianism and meat eating.?

Saturday,June 1, 2013 @ 05:41

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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