What are the pros and cons to a vegetarian diet?

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I have been on a vegetarian diet for the last year and 8 months, and I am starting to feel concerned about the negatives about not eating meat. Can you help me out?
I’m not a vegetarian for diet purposes. I just wanted to know if my body is missing out on anything important because of the vegetarianism.

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I’m a veggie too. Been one for almost 3 years.

Pros: increase in health (I have not had the common cold or anything the past 3 years), feel more energetic, aware, good for the planet, good for some animals. In some cases can clear your skin up and aid digestion.

Cons: not as much protein or iron as you should be getting

But there are a BILLION ways to get protein/iron: beans, nuts, spinach/leafy greens, dairy (if you choose to eat; I am lactose intolerant so I cannot eat any), soy products, whole grains…just about every food has some protein in it (just read the food labels)

For iron, take an iron pill or a multi-vitamin along with your diet.

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Tom Kaulitz Lvr ♥♥♥♥

Well, I sure hope you didn’t become one to “lose weight” cause being a vegetarian does NOT mean you will lose. I don’t wanna seem rude, I’m just being honest.

The pros are that you don’t eat red meat which can be really bad for you and it’s good for animals as well….cons would probably be that it is very hard to get enough protein in your diet every day. I don’t get enough and I eat alot of yogurt, nuts and peanut butter which all contains protein.

taylor

eating vegetarian is very healthy if done correctly. the only problem is there is a high lack of protein in not eating meet. this can be replaced by nuts, and protein supplements easily though. just make sure to do that. also you have to watch what you are eating, make sure you are really eating vegetables, fruits, wheat, some fat(this is necessary sense meat contains a high content of fat, and you are missing out on that), and drinking plenty of milk, or eating cheese or what not to get some dairy in. but beside that you should be just fine staying a vegetarian. good luck.

Dean

As long as your closely monitor your non meat protein intake you can lead a very healthy vegetarian lifestyle. Stick to it if thats how you want to eat, but understand a diet with meat is not unhealthy or unnatural as some vegetarians want to make it out. Its really just personal choice, but both ways of eating can be healthy.

firetigeress05

I’m a veggie too. Been one for almost 3 years.

Pros: increase in health (I have not had the common cold or anything the past 3 years), feel more energetic, aware, good for the planet, good for some animals. In some cases can clear your skin up and aid digestion.

Cons: not as much protein or iron as you should be getting

But there are a BILLION ways to get protein/iron: beans, nuts, spinach/leafy greens, dairy (if you choose to eat; I am lactose intolerant so I cannot eat any), soy products, whole grains…just about every food has some protein in it (just read the food labels)

For iron, take an iron pill or a multi-vitamin along with your diet.

Kathryn

I think that eating meat helps you to get more iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. These are the nutrients that you may become deficient in by adopting a vegetarian diet.

You may want to have a blood test done to check on any nutrient you may be low in especially vitamin B12 as this vitamin comes from animal foods not plant foods.

If your starting to feel anemic and want a great source of iron or vitamin B12, eat some Bison Buffalo Meat.

It is a great source of both nutrients and usually a very humanely raised animal.

Robert

Cons: not getting enough b12. unless you eat dairy.
inadequate protein unless you chose your food carefully.
Pros: Low saturated fat.

buckspress
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A lot of people will tell you the vegetarian diet is inadequate however that is really a myth.
Scientific Studies show that vegetarians have a lower incidence of heart disease, stroke, infertility, obesity, colon cancer, other types of cancer and ofcourse meat related illnesses like mad cow disease, camphyllobacter, and listeriosis. Additionally vegetarians have longer lifespans (around 7 years)

Vegetarianism is also very good for the environment. The livestock industry is responsible for massive deforestation for grazing of livestock. Additionally meat production is water intensive (it requires many times the amount of water to produce a pound of meat than it does a pound of vegetables) Also some farms directly funnel raw sewage into freshwater sources causing significant pollution

Vegetarianism is compassionate to other living beings. As long as your diet is well balanced everything should be totally great, I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years

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