The Vegetarian Lifestyle
In recent decades, it has been getting harder and harder to find a healthy eating lifestyle. Doctors believe that eating meat is the way to go, because meat has immense amount of protein and iron. But some skeptics say that meat can lead to many chronic illnesses or diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity and etc. Other doctors believe that the vegetarian lifestyle is the way to live, because it gives you sufficient amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals (Weston). The downside to this argument is the lack of amount of protein and iron in these foods. So which lifestyle is the best way to live?
Before everyone is a “grown-up” they would go to elementary and middle school where all they would see is the food pyramid which showed in order to live a healthy lifestyle they must eat a little bit of everything. The College of Agriculture of University of Kentucky found the nutritional values of meat, and found that meat has an abundant amount of 12 vitamins and minerals included. Bestin expresses that meat includes an enormous amount of iron, protein, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and etc. University of Kentucky has come to the conclusion that people need a dietary balance and variety to attain healthy eating. Bestin is trying to express that people should have a little of everything, including meat, and this makes total sense considering the food pyramid tells us to have servings of each type of food. If meat is not included in the diet, than people will have low amounts of the 12 vitamins and minerals previously mentioned (Bestin).
Although meat is a great source of protein and iron, too much of meat can cause health problems. The pros of eating meat include the immense amount of vitamins included. But Allison Van Dusen of MSNBC along with numerous doctors, believe that a vegetarian lifestyle can prevent heart disease and certain cancers. This is because of meats high amount of saturated fats, there is also a great amount of cholesterol included in the meal. Dr. Bob Lawrence says that “we would all be better off if we dramatically reduced meat to the point of one meal a week” (Van Dusen 1).
Furthermore, doctors say that there are vegetarian ways to receive protein. Dr. Cathy Wong suggests that protein can be found in foods without faces as well. Dr. Wong says that nuts, beans, peas and soy products have substantial amounts of protein. Also for those vegetarians that also eat dairy and egg products, milk and eggs contain a great amount of protein as well. Dr. Wong advises to combine different vegetables such as beans and rice, this is because beans are low in lysine and rice is rich in lysine, thus making a complimentary protein (Wong 1). Not only are there food products that are vegetarian that can supply one with vitamins and minerals that are contained in meat, but there are also vitamin supplements in pill form such as Centrum and the famous Flintstones vitamins for kids.
Although there are many meat substitutes, Dr. Wong believes that the real deal would be healthier for the body. The vegetarian lifestyle has its up but it has some downsides as well. For example because vegetables and fruits do not include as much iron or B12 in their food compared to meat, some people may face malnutrition. Not only are vegetarians and vegans at risk to face malnutrition, but they are also at risk to face energy deficiency. This means that vegetarians are not taking in as many calories as they should be to live a healthy lifestyle. Long term deficiencies can lead to bigger problems later in life. Some of these problems can include osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia and even prevent you from growing as fast (Wong 1).
With all the facts presented, which lifestyle is the healthier choice? If health was not the issue, which lifestyle would be the ethical choice? If health and ethics were not an issue, which lifestyle would God want us to live? If health, ethics and religion were not an...
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