Should People Become Vegetarian

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Having a vegetarian diet has been a topic that creates conflicting opinions, and it seems that the controversy gets bigger as time goes on. In the times that we are living in today, where we are constantly bombarded with information through television or internet, it makes it hard to know who is right and who is wrong on this issue. On one hand, we have the ones who believe that eliminating meat and processed foods from our diets and replacing them with vegetables and fruits is the solution to most of our health problems. On the other hand, we have the other group that believes that a vegetarian diet is not the solution and that all we need is to have a balanced diet without replacing meat. This paper will present to you the pros and cons of becoming a vegetarian. The variety of opinions provided here will give enough insight to help you look at this issue from both sides. Based on the statements below, I will offer you my own perspective on the topic. A study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in the United Kingdom states that “vegetarianism is increasingly popular in western societies. Recent estimates suggest that between 3 and 5% of the population” (Gottfredson et al., 2005; Vinnari et al., 2009) is on vegetarian diets, and this proportion is increasing with time. (Chang-Claude et al., 2005; Key et al., 2009a, 2009b). This indicates that vegetarianism is having a global effect and is not an isolated topic anymore. This is a topic that is reaching every part of the world possibly because of the many sources of information available today. In contrast, “The Daily Record” reported that “For all the benefits of vegetarian diet giving up meat can cause problems such as iron deficiency. Iron carries oxygen to cells, sending the right signals from the brain and making collagen, which is important for youthful skin” (2006). This report suggests that focusing on a vegetarian diet can cause serious problems to people’s health due to the lack...
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