Should People become Vegeterian?

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by hannahohlmeier
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Should People become Vegeterian?

Should People become Vegetarian?

Pros to a Vegetarian DietEvery year 35 million cows, 115 pigs, and 9 million birds are killed each year for food, when many vegaterian options are available. Animals can experience pain and threats. They do have emotions, so why kill them for food? Vegetarians and vegans also have lower BMI's, a lower risk of getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity. Vegetarians also have better colon health due to their low-fat and high-fiber diets. Not only does a vegaterian diet improve health, but vegetarian produce items are much less expensive, meat is 25% more expensive, infact. Lastly, if babies have good eating habits at a young age, they will most likely have those same healthy eating habits throughout adulthood. According to Dr. Katz of Yale University Prevention Research center, "Vegetarian and vegan diets can lead to more years in life, and more life in years."

Cons to a Vegaterian DietVegetarian diets, however, also have many health risks that can be quite concerning. Vitamin B12 is the main nutrient lacking in a strict veggie-based diet. Vitamin B12 is often found in animal products. Omega-3 acids are also short for vegetarians. This is why doctors must give vegatarian patients supplements of both of these nutrients, beacuse they are so vital in the normal functioning of the brain and body. On a different note, humans have been eating meat for 2.3 million years. The common attitude of meat eaters is that, 'every organism dies at one point to feed another'. Besides, meat has many healthy fats and it strengthens the immune system. In addition, vegetarians suffer more often from anxiety and depression than others on a meat-eating diet. Equally important, babies need caertain nutrients like vitamin B12 to remain healthy, if they are left without these important nutrients, they may suffer with life long diseases.

My opinionIt is hard for me to chose just one side since I'm not vegetarian myself, but I believe that people should limit their meat intake, but not completley stop consuming it. Vegaterians have a hard time getting certain nutrients that are crucial to the growth and development of the human body. However, deadly diseases come along with eating meat. I believe that it is not so much about how long humans have been eating meat or the statistics on how many animals are killed each year for food, but instead the health risks that are involved with both diets. In summary, humans should have an equal balance of both diets to live a healthy and long life.

Thesis Statement:Even though vegetarian diets lower the risk of many harmful diseases, humans should continue to consume meat but limit their intake beacuse meat is a main source of proteain and comes with many healthy vitamins and fats.


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