Vegetarianism Essay

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Mandee Flammer
English 10
May 22, 2012
Argument Paper
Vegetarianism
"I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished"(Henry David Thoreau). When people think of vegetarians, they are commonly confused by the vegan diet excluding all meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and eggs. Though the diet of a vegetarian only excludes meats, fish, and poultry. Being a vegetarian is a way of life and a choice. To be a vegetarian, one must follow the strict diet and know that it will be hard. Many people around the world feel that it is un-American and very unhealthy. However, studies have shown that the vegetarian diet is a lot healthier than a diet containing meat and will be the end of animal mistreatment.

Meat can be unhealthy for people in the long run because there are many hormones that are given to the animals and then we consume them when we eat the meat. In a diet consisting of meat, there are more health problems with “continuing epidemics of heart disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses” (Barnard). Meat gives a person a well balanced diet with protein, iron, and vitamins that are hard to obtain with other foods, but many meats are unhealthy like all red meats. On top of the unhealthiness about meat, the “Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55.  Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times. Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times” (Robbins). These numbers are very frightening and surprising that humans still eat meat. A vegetarian diet ensures that there will be less health conditions than a meat diet. Eating meat can have a very negative effect on one’s body. In the meat diet, “Obesity is so common that, at any point...
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