The Vegetarian Diet (con’t)


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Those considering a vegetarian diet continue to worry about getting enough nutrients, since the belief that meat is a necessary part of keeping strong and healthy is still extremely widespread.

Armed with decades of nutritional research data, the PCRM addresses this issue convincingly:

“The fact is that it is very easy to have a well-balanced diet with vegetarian foods. Vegetarian foods provide plenty of protein…  Any normal variety of plant foods provides more than enough protein for the body’s needs… Excess protein [from meat-based diets] has been linked to kidney stones, osteoporosis, and possibly heart disease and some cancers.  A diet focused on beans, whole grains and vegetables contains adequate amounts of protein without the ‘overdose’ most meat-eaters get.”

Vegetarian Diet and Nutrition

Other concerns are also allayed with a proper understanding of the vegetarianism and human biology. For instance:

The research of the PCRM also affirms that:

“The high nutritional needs of children are also met within a vegetarian diet. A vegetarian menu is ‘life-extending.’ As young children, vegetarians may grow more gradually, reach puberty somewhat later, and live substantially longer than do meat-eaters.”

Global Impact of Vegetarianism:

Many of the world’s massive environmental problems could be solved or improved upon by the reduction or elimination of meat-eating, including global warming, loss of fertile topsoil, loss of rain forests and species extinction, all of which are significantly impacted by the mass-production of meat for human consumption.

The world’s natural resources are being rapidly depleted as a direct result of meat production. For example:

In addition, much of the world’s enormous hunger problems could be solved by the reduction or elimination of meat-eating, considering that vast quantities of food fed to livestock could instead feed humans, and that the pasture needs for raising livestock cut drastically into land which could otherwise be used to grow food.

More Health Incentives to Eat Less Meat

Those who eat flesh are far more likely to contract cancer than those following a vegetarian diet.

Meat-eaters ingest excessive amounts of cholesterol, making them dangerously susceptible to heart attacks.

Antibiotics and high quantities of dangerous pesticides are found in US-produced meat.  This affects the health of the meat-eater in enumerable ways.

Is That All?

I have tried to give you a broad “scientific” perspective on many of the key rationales behind the adoption of a vegetarian diet. For those who wish to proceed down a road to health and wellness, to engage in the yogic path of proper understanding and ultimate fulfillment, the adoption of a vegetarian diet is one more eventual, essential step.

But aside from the scientific perspective, there are many more reasons why a vegetarian diet is essential for one who aspires to live a higher, yogic life.

We will continue to explore this topic in the next article, entitled, The Yoga of Food – the deeper dimensions of the yoga diet…

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