The Healthy Alternative to Eating Meat

Becki Andrus

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Living a vegetarian lifestyle is not uncommon these days. More and more people are finding that it is a lot healthier to cut meat out of their diets. It is healthier, if you know how to plan your meals accordingly so you still get the nutrients your body needs.

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Meat has a lot of good nutrition in it, but it also has a lot of saturated fat and harmful chemicals from the pesticide-filled food that the animals eat. Studies have shown that those on a vegetarian diet tend to have lower cholesterol, healthier weight, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop heart disease. It has also been shown that those who don't eat meat have a lower risk of developing certain types of cancers.

It is a common concern that vegetarians do not get the nutrients they need that are found in meat. This is not true. The vitamins and minerals found in meat can be found in all sorts of other plant based foods. A lot of other whole foods contain the same nutrients that are found in meat such as protein and iron. These can be found in vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products.

It is not hard to live a vegetarian lifestyle. Many restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan style meals. You will quickly learn the places you can eat that offer food that you can eat. A great benefit of a vegetarian diet you will find is that you will tend of avoid eating fast food. Most fast food chains don't have many meatless options on their menu, but when they do it is often healthier choices such as a salad or baked potato. By choosing a healthier choice like this, you will find yourself consuming less calories and fat with the added bonus of getting more nutrients.

As a country we have been taught that we must eat meat to stay healthy. As you can see from this article, this is false. Not only is it healthier, but it is also a great way to lose weight and keep it off. You can live a healthier lifestyle by following a vegetarian diet.

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  • Mellow says
    Living a vegetarian lifestyle has merits, but to be totally bias or create a ''meat is wrong" mentality may be off putting to sensible dieting. To find alternative good nutrients, may become a creative opportunity & adventurous, or to some to be paranoid.
  • Foreverme says
    My daughter became vegetarian at the age of 9.She had watched a Programme on TV at school all about culling deer so that was it for her no more meat.
    So I have to cook her many different vegetarian dishes.I can see the benefits but would find it really hard to give up my bacon.
  • Jaq says
    I have been a vegetarian for 35 years and its definitely not an easy option. Going out to restaurants or friends places for meals is always challenging. I could never go back to eating meat and as long as I'm careful with what I eat I maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle.
  • Stephanie says
    I have just become a Vegetarian (before that I was only eating fish and seafood) and I feel the healthiest I have ever felt. When you take meat out of your diet you become very conscious of making sure you get enough iron. When I used to eat meat I always had low iron, and I know it is because I relied solely on meat to give me the iron I needed, but I didn't eat anywhere near enough to get enough iron a day (for my age and sex I need 18mg/day, which equates to roughly 3 pieces of steak!). It is definitely a very healthy lifestyle and it feels good knowing that an animal hasn't had to suffer for my benefit.
  • New Member says
    It's all well and good to eat lots of vegetables and if I lived on my own I'd consider becoming a vegetarian. However I could use some advice on how to keep my iron up as I am slightly anemic and have two other female relatives who are the same - help?
  • Shobo says
    I would LOVE to become a vegetarian but my family will not have a bar of it.
  • Jaq says
    I haven't eaten meat since a friends Mum served up lamb's tongue, after eating it I was told what it was. This was 36 years ago. I've always cooked meat for the family, but they are more than happy to go meatless 1 or 2 meals a week.

  • I would like to introduce vegetarian meals into our family routine so this is a very interesting read and the comments.
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  • Riya says
    Most of them think that it is a lot healthier to cut meat out of their diets. Meat has a lot of good nutrition in it, but it also has a lot of saturated fat and internet providers near me harmful chemicals from the pesticide-filled food that the animals eat.

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