Here is my list of the top five reasons to become a vegetarian:
1) You will be healthier
Food that comes from vegetable sources is much healthier. Fruits and vegetables do not contain any saturated fat, only the heart healthy mono and poly unsaturated fats that help to increase your good cholesterol and reduce your bad cholesterol. They also are packed with vitamins and phyto-nutrients that help keep your body running at optimum level.
The same cannot be said for meat. Animal fats are high in saturated fat and also contain harmful hormones used on the farms were the animals were raised. The protein and fats found in meat take much longer to break down in the digestive system than the lean protein and healthy fats found in plant sources.
2) You will lose weight
The average vegetarian weighs 20 pounds less than the average non vegetarian. That stat should tell you all you need to know about the connection between vegetarianism and weight loss. If you stop eating meat and go vegetarian, it is almost impossible not to take some inches off your waist line.
At the beginning, you will most likely have cravings for meat, and you may even have an insatiable hunger that seems like it will only be relieved by eating meat. There is a time of adjustment where your body must get used to your new diet plan, but it comes in time. Try to implement your move to vegetarianism gradually so that there is less shock to your body and it can grow accustomed to it slowly.
3) You will feel better
I promise you will feel better both physically and mentally if you become a vegetarian. Vegetarian food places a much lower strain on your internal organs such as the liver and kidneys. You will notice that your mood lightens and that you just generally feel better. These feelings will be confirmed by tests run by your doctor that will show healthier readings for cholesterol levels, liver enzymes, etc.
4) It is better for the environment and the ecosystem
It takes much more land and resources to produce food from animals than it does from plants. Eating vegetarian reduces your carbon footprint and helps to relieve the global warming crisis. The current global population rate dictates that we must make changes on a global level to ensure that food resources can be sustained into the future.
5) Reduce the needless suffering and exploitation of animals
No matter your feelings on animal welfare, there is no denying that there is a tremendous amount of animal suffering that is linked to the meat industry. I don’t have to rehash the stories for you of animals being raised in boxes or other confined spaces, or of the other horrendous animal cruelty that has been exposed.
The truth is that we all can make a small step towards reducing this needless suffering by making a personal decision to partake in the vegetarian lifestyle. If you believe like I do, that everything you do in life comes back around full circle eventually, then it is important to make sure that your actions do not have a harmful effect on other living things.
These are only the top five reasons you should consider becoming a vegetarian. There are an unlimited number of reasons, but this should be enough to get you to at least start thinking about it. As I mentioned, try to implement your vegetarian diet gradually and you will find it much easier going. Follow your conscience and do what you feel is right, and I wish you the best of luck.