Health Benefits of VegetarianismIndia LarondosCOM/172November 5, 2013
Running head: HEALTH BENEFITS OF VEGETARIANISM
HEALTH BENEFITS OF VEGETARIANISM
Dr. Joan Campbell Health Benefits of VegetarianismAccording to Barnard (2013), 7.3 million Americans are vegans and an additional 22.8 million Americans adhere to a vegetarian diet. Not all vegetarians debar meat from their diet some prefer to eat fish and poultry (Brown University Health Education, 2013). Whichever choice of vegetarianism that is preferred, disbarring meat from one's diet has its rewards. In some cases it is the difference between life and death. Adapting to a vegetarian lifestyle is beneficial to a person's life because of the rewards. The rewards are that vegetarianism prevents chronic illnesses and diseases as well as food-borne illnesses and diseases that are associated with eating meat. To add, it aids in the prevention of some cancers. Vegetarianism also extends a person's life expectancy. To close, adapting to vegetarianism improves health by acting as a preventative measure to health issues, food-borne illnesses and diseases not to mention it increases years to one's life.Vegetarianism is broken down into four main categories: vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, pesco-vegetarians, and pollo-vegetarians. People have the misconception that vegetarian diets solely consist of fruits, vegetables, and tofu, however, that is far from the truth. Vegans are people who abstain from eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and gelatin. Vegans also abstain from any use of animal byproduct (Ciocchetti, 2011). A vegans' diet include the consumption of all natural products such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and grains. There are different varieties of vegan inspired foods such as vegan hotdogs, vegan ice creams, and vegan patties. Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets are not as extreme as vegan diets. Lacto-ovo vegetarians refrain from the consumption of meat, poultry, or fish. Lacto-ovo vegetarians' diet consists of eggs, dairy products soy, grains, and use products derived from animals. There is another classification of vegetarians, which consume animals. They are categorized as pesco-vegetarians and pollo-vegetarians. Pesco-vegetarians do not consume any animal flesh. Pesco-vegetarians also adhere to a strict diet that consists of seafood, grains, nuts, vegetables, fruit, eggs, dairy, beans, and insect byproducts such as honey. Pollo-vegetarians consume poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, but refrain from eating meat (Brown University Health Education, 2013). Poultry is domesticated fowl such as chicken, turkey, quail, duck, and emu. Not all vegetarians abstain from consuming meat because some prefer to consume no animal product, whereas others prefer to indulge in poultry and fish, and they are still considered vegetarians.Adapting to a vegetarian diet prevents the onset of chronic diseases (Budgar, 2011). Poor eating habits contribute to 70% of American's deaths...