Why Eating Meat is Simpler

"Why be a vegetarian?": this is one question that new vegetarians are asked over and over again. In as much as people are not familiar with the wealth of delicious food available to vegetarians, they are simply at a loss about the reason for taking meat out of your diet.

A lot of vegetarians feel that they have to defend their position when asked "why be a vegetarian?" This question can sometimes feel almost like an attack on vegetarianism, but most people who ask are genuinely curious as to the motivations behind being a vegetarian.

Meat is Very Inexpensive and Tasty, So Why be a Vegetarian When it is So Expensive?

It requires a lot of effort and thinking, is one of the arguments made against vegetarianism. It often appears that vegetarians put a lot more work into their diet than meat eaters do, but really, they just tend to be more selective about what they eat and do more to make sure they are getting balanced nutrition.

It is a common misconception that vegetarian food is more expensive than meats. Bulk amount of vegetarian food can be bought quite inexpensively, whereas the pre-made packaged meat substitutes are typically quite costly. The common vegetarian staples such as rice, oats, beans, and pasta are very affordable.

The cost is a little higher when you factor in fresh fruits and vegetables, however it is commonly accepted that we could all benefit from more fruits and vegetables in our diets. Vegetarians typically do not consume much more in the way of fruits and vegetables than the recommended amounts for the general, meat eating, public.

You will see that plant foods are actually less expensive to produce when you take into account the fact that meat takes significantly more resources to produce that crops do. Government subsidies, or payments to farmers, to encourage meat production cause meat prices in grocery stores and restaurants to be unnaturally low.

Since Humans Were Meant to Consume Meat, Why Would You Choose To Be A Vegetarian?

Many meat eaters argue that humans were not made to live without meat in their diets, however biological evidence doe not support this claim. Our physiology resembles more closely that of herbivores than carnivores: our digestive system reveals that plant matter, not meat, is our optimal food.

Eating meat in the long-term may cause many health related problems, even though the human body has the capability to digest meat. Some of the side effects of eating meat are high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Although occasionally consuming meat not seem to significantly increase our risk for these serious illnesses; the typical American diet, however, contains so much meat that are bodies are basically poisoned by it. Were we designed to be meat eaters? The evidence seems to support that humans were not evolved to eat meat.

Why Be a Vegetarian? Why Wouldn't You Be One?

There are even more reasons to be vegetarian, but the most compelling reason is the one that resonates with you personally. Being a vegetarian means that you are removing your support from an industry that produces more waste than all other American industries combined. You are standing up in favor of a healthy life and healthy planet, and you are doing a good turn for animal rights. Being a vegetarian comes with many, many benefits for your physical, emotional, and financial well-being - and no detrimental effects to any of these.

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