Meat or no meat – that is the question.
According to Socrates, “The best diet consists of bread, olive oil, cheese, fruit, vegetables and moderate amounts of wine,” but in American society today eating meat is a large part of most diets. For the average person, changing their diet would be required to follow the wisdom of Socrates, and since change is always difficult, finding an adequate motivation to carry it out is critical. Although there is an ongoing debate whether or not the humans benefit of a diet rich in meat, there are multiple sources that clearly show that is not a healthy alternative for your diet. Many people do not think they need to change to a vegetarian diet because they think they do not have health problems, or they just cannot imagine eating any other way than they had before although the benefits of not eating meat are great. They are not quite right because the consequences of eating meat do not just show up right away so they are not aware of how much they are harming their health by eating meat in a long run. However, there is a large group of people who would prefer not to eat meat, but do not know what to eat instead. They all have different motivation. Some of them want to become vegetarian because of their beliefs and some of them because of health reasons. Many older people have eaten tons of meat in their life and after reading all the articles they have chosen to pass on meat because of health reasons. There are also children and young people who are concerned about suffering animals and no longer want to put animal tissue in their mouth. This scenario happens frequently especially after watching the video showing how animals are being killed in slaughterhouses. There are also mature people who decide to resign from eating meat after much reflection, guided by the broad sense of compassion for animals and ecological considerations.
It turns out that vegetarians are healthier than their carnivorous counterparts. According to the study, “a low - carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all - cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable - based low - carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all -cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates” (Novak). “Women who ate large amounts of red meat had a 20 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than women who ate less. Men had a 22 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease” (Moritz). This statistics clearly shows a health risk associated with eating meat.
The human digestive track is long and very complex, as in all herbivorous creatures. According to “Celestial Healing” the human stomach acids and intestinal enzymes are not able to digest meat containing animal protein. Carnivores have short, straight intestines to be able to quickly expel reproached meat, often within 2 hours, which prevents it from rotting and poisoning the digestive system. “Meat putrefies within 4 hours after consumption and the remnants cling to the walls of the intestines for 14-21 days. If a person is suffering from constipation the rotting meat can stay in the intestines for months or years” ("Celestial Healing").
Meat strains all human organs, particularly the pancreas, which also is involved in digestion. “Meat intake, particularly red meat, has been positively associated with pancreatic cancer in some epidemiologic studies” (Cross). The pancreas is not designed to digest animal proteins. Instead, the pancreas produces digestive juices that break down molecules of respective proteins, which can be found only in plants. When the pancreas is digesting a plant, it reveals its second goal, production of pancreatic enzymes, which fight diseases. When forced to digest meat, pancreas neglects an important protective role. Once meat is eliminated from a person’s diet, the chances of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and...
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