“Each year, more and more studies confirm the fact that eating meat…can greatly increase…chances of developing conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.” (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 2) Diets that include meat are linked to higher risk of diseases. Studies have shown that by being a vegetarian, a healthier life can be attained. In order to live a healthy life, people must be vegetarian.
Many people think that to get all essential nutrients, eating meat is necessary. Eliminating meat from a diet does cause a large source of nutrients to be unavailable but by eating the right foods and planning a diet, it is possible to “be as healthy as, or healthier than, most meat eaters.” (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 2) The most common concerns of nutrient deficiencies in vegetarians are with protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12. “All of the protein you need can be found in beans, nuts, grains, and soy products.” (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 1) To combat insufficiencies in calcium and iron a vegetarian must make sure to include “dark green, leafy vegetables” (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 1) in their diet. For those vegetarians who keep dairy in their diet can also obtain calcium from drinking milk lower in fat. Vitamin B12 is also essential, and to reach proper amounts of it, it is necessary to “eat cereals fortified with B12” (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 2) or simply take a “B12 supplement”. (“Nutrition and Staying Healthy” 2)
“Vegetarians are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, obesity, …type 2 diabetes, [and] gallstones.” (Hoy 1) Because of the specific diet that requires healthier food and good habits, a vegetarian is more likely to have a lower fat intake. Vegetarians tend to eat more fiber and carbohydrates leading to a reduced cholesterol as well. It has been seen that “eating a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which mainly come from animal products, increases the chance of heart disease” so by lowering both, a vegetarian fares better with their heart. Also, iron from animals is not as healthy as iron acquired from a vegetarian diet. The iron from meat is called “heme-iron” and has been seen to “[increase] risk of colon and rectal cancer” (“Should people become vegetarian?” 2). Vegetarians also have better glycemic control as an increase of “whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy proteins” (“Should people become vegetarian?” 2) in their diets which reduces chances of diabetes. By being a vegetarian, people are more likely to avoid kidney stones. Studies have shown “diets high in animal protein cause the body to excrete calcium, oxalate, and uric acid – the main components of kidney and gallstones.” (“Should people become vegetarian?” 2) By getting protein from a source other than animals, vegetarians can worry less about kidney or gallstones.
Also by being vegetarian, it facilitates a healthier living environment. Animals being raised for food...