There are multiple healthy reasons to consider becoming a vegetarian, as well as environmental and animal-welfare reasons. While it might seem like a hard part of your life to change, there are scores of delicious vegetarian recipes out there, so in terms of how easy it is to become vegetarian, it’s really not that hard. So here is a brief overview of reasons to consider going veggie:
1. Better Mood
Done properly, a vegetarian diet can improve your mood. A recent study showed that arachidonic acid which is found in animal food sources is associated with mood disturbances, so avoiding or restricting animal food sources can improve your mood.
2. Improved overall health
Cardiovascular disease, psoriasis, cataracts, diabetes, strokes and obesity are all less likely to occur or develop on a vegetarian diet. Removing animal fat from your diet is one of the reasons for this. Vegetarians and vegans have overall lower body weights than omnivores, and specific plant foods can lower cholesterol just as effectively as some drug treatments.
3. Less pollution gaz
The meat industry has quite a devastating effect on the environment; animal waste from factory farms is responsible for the pollution of more than 173,000 miles of rivers and streams, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
4. Less deforestation
Deforestation is another consequence of the meat industry; in places like Brazil, huge forest areas are burned and cut down every year to raise cattle for consumption on an international scale. This has a terrible impact on ancient forests which can never be replaced, on indigenous populations for whom the forest is their home and for all of the animals which die or are displaced.
5. Less animal cruelty
You might wonder how much impact one person eating less meat can really have on the animal farming industry. The answer is quite a lot! Every time someone becomes a vegetarian it starts the debate amongst a new group of people about why it’s good to become vegetarian and the trend spreads. Apparently 10 billion animals are killed for human consumption every year, and in the US most animals are still factory farmed in inhumane conditions. The more people start challenging the status quo, the more this industry will be forced to change to meet the consumers’ demands.
6. Less hunger
Raising farm animals requires a lot of grain; animals raised for slaughter consume 5 times the amount of grain that humans do in the US. If that grain was instead eaten directly by people, it would feed many more mouths, and if it was exported, would bring in billions more to the US economy each year.
7. Save money
The average person would save about 4,000 dollars on average each year if they ate more veggies instead of meat according to one study.
So there are lots of reasons to consider going veggie, and if you decide it’s for you, there are so many delicious recipes out there to try, and lots of quick and easy ones too!