Vegetarianism is on The Rise

Vegetarians are on the rise and with that progression they are even being publicized. Saturday morning as I was watching the CBS Evening News with my grandfather, a report came on that was directly related to the debate on plant based diet vs a meat based one. The story was on a husband who was a cattle rancher and a wife who fell in love with the animals who’s soul purpose was to be primed for the slaughter. The wife had married into her husbands meat business knowing what it entailed, but as time past and the wife became attached with the cows and other animals she no longer supported their fate of becoming nothing more than a package of beef. The husband at first insisted on selling them in order to still make a profit, but after the wife’s demand to buy them from him herself, he decided to push aside his ego and beliefs and hear out his wife. They are now both vegans who are owners of a first ever vegan farm animal sanctuary (Hartman, 2016). As I’ve stated before, vegetarianism is a rapidly growing dietary lifestyle more than doubling throughout the past few years, and stories such as this one here emphasize that the vegetarian population is continuously growing.

Although vegetarianism is not necessarily a hot topic it is most certainly a relevant one. On January 7th 2016 US News & World Report wrote an article titled ‘7 Reasons To Choose A Plant-Based Diet’. In the article Laura McMullen, a health and wellness reporter, discusses how “choosing a diet heavy in fruits and veggies may help ward off chronic diseases and keep you svelte in 2016 and years to come.” You may be wondering why this should concern you, but as a citizen living in the United States our diabetic statistics aren’t looking very promising. “Roughly 387 million people are living with diabetes, and according to the International Diabetes Federation, that number is expected to soar to nearly 600 million by 2035.” Did you know that the two highest ranking causes of death in the US are heart diseases and strokes? Both of which are made more probable when their are signs of high blood pressure? With a diet that is prominently fruits and vegetables though, you are able to manage and maybe even lower said blood pressure. It is statistically proven that vegetarians have a habit of consuming less calories than meat-eaters, resulting in lower BMI’s(body mass index).The Huffington Post states that ”looking specifically at obesity (defined as having a BMI over 30), researchers found that vegans had the lowest percentage of people who were obese — just 9.4 percent — while meat-eaters had the highest percentage of people who were obese — 33.3 percent.”

Alas, not all articles are advocating independently for vegetarian diets. Mens Fitness, a well known magazine and online journal that discusses exercises, health, and diets, recently came out with an article containing information from Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, comparing the nutrition factors of both vegetarian and meat diets. the article supported the facts found in McMullen’s article by discussing how vegetarians have a lower risk of health problems due to how their diet results in lower fat and higher fiber content. Yet, in contrast in then rebuttals its own statements by describing the fact that vegetarianism diets result in a quicker weightless and lack or energy as a result of their low calorie intake and states that “Meat is the best source of protein, which the body needs to function optimally. Red meat is also a good source of iron, vitamin B, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin.”So while a vegetarian diet seems to be the obviously healthier choice, there are in fact a fair share of pros and cons health wise for both vegetarian and meat diets.

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