Firstly, a plant based diet is lower in calories, cholesterol “Every time we sit at a table to enjoy the fruits and grain and vegetables from our good earth, remember that they come from the work of men and women and children who have been exploited for generations.”  Contrary to popular belief, this diet can be easily maintained without breaking the bank. It is totally possible to be either vegetarian or vegan and still have an enjoyable diet with foods that provide the recommended protein, carbs and vitamins. It should be pointed out that there are many different ‘sects’ of vegetarians. Some vegetarians choose not to eat meat but will eat other animal by-products For example, ovo vegetarians eat eggs as a part of their diet, lacto vegetarian include milk in their diets, ovo lacto vegetarians eat both as a part of their diet. There are vegetarians who eat fish but no other type of meat, then there are the vegetarians who on occasion will consume meat. Personalized Grinch all i need is my coffee and my dog it is too peopley outside They are affectionately called ‘flexatarians’. Regardless of what degree of the vegetarian diet an individual chooses to embrace, it is widely researched and proven that people who eat mostly a plant based diet are healthier than those who consume mostly animal by-products.

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These words of Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, perfectly describe the injustice farm workers face in producing our food and including humans when talking about cruelty free. Conversations surrounding notions of vegetarianism as inherently cruelty free seldom incorporate the advocacy of more rights for farm workers. Personalized Grinch all i need is my coffee and my dog it is too peopley outside  As a conflicted meat eater, I can concede that the fight for vegetarianism is honorable and consuming fewer animal products would be beneficial for our society, however, promoting meat-free meals and products as “cruelty free” mistakenly limits the cruelty of the food production system to animals. Comparatively, our food production system also exploits factory farm workers, a point also overlooked in conversations regarding ethical eating. Ultimately, the fundamental problem with vegetarianism is the cruelty free platform, that too often ignores the inhumane working conditions of farm workers. That being so, not eating meat does not place you above everyone else on the moral scale or mean you practice cruelty free when exploited laborers in our food production system, most of whom are undocumented, do not have their liberation. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of things we consume have harmful effects whether you are vegetarian.

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According to a recent poll 6 to 8 million American’s do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. From these studies, they have been researching about the effects of a vegetarian diet on the body. Compared to most meat based diets, vegetarians consume less saturated fat and cholesterol from not eating meat. Choosing this route will have a person what would be considered a better quality of life and overall good health. Research so far has shown that a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In recent years a study was done using different participants and the results showed that vegetarians were 25% less likely to die from heart related problem. Personalized Grinch all i need is my coffee and my dog it is too peopley outside  “This is because vegetarians tend to consume more high-fiber, whole grains, and legumes which have a low glycemic index and the body digests slowly. This keeps blood sugar levels steady. Another food item that helps reduce the risk of heart disease is walnuts” (Sixwise). This is because the omega-3s in walnuts help reduce total cholesterol. There is some controversy over this specific topic, thus, are they really that healthy? What does it mean to be a vegetarian, and what do professionals have to say about being a vegetarian? Different people follow different forms of vegetarianism. A true vegetarian eats no meat at all, including chicken and fish.

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