The Wonderful Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet – Part 2
Prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer are 3 to 4 times higher in people who consume animal products on a daily basis when compared to those who rarely eat meat.
It is an amazing thing when you think about how much environmental damage a meat centered diet has created. The pollution and waste that is created as a result of our huge animal-based agriculture is far greater than all other human and industrial activities put together. Over 6,000,000,000 tons of valuable topsoil is washed into the sea every year in America, and this is caused by overgrazing and over cultivation of land for animal food.
Almost half of the rain forest in Brazil has been cleared to make way for their 200,000,000 pounds of beef every year. It takes over 55 ft.² of land trust to produce one single pound of hamburger. It takes 1 acre of land to produce 160lbs of beef, it would take that same 1 acre of land to produce over 160,000lbs of carrots. It is a gross under use of our natural resources.
Another question I always get from people when I tell them I'm vegetarian is "do you get enough protein in your diet?" And "where do you get your protein?" Well just look at me why look protein deficient to you? And I have been a vegetarian for over 12 years, and a vegan for six. The protein made has been pounded into the American psyche by the meat and dairy industry over decades. Causing the average American to consume six times more protein than they need each day. This over consumption of protein will eventually lead to health problems way too numerous to mention in this article.
Legumes, whole grains and nuts contain all the protein the body needs and instead of getting it second hand from a cow, I go straight to the source.
Now if you go online and type in vegetarian recipes you will have pages and pages of great, healthy vegetarian recipes, so now there is no excuse the information is out there.
Well prepared, vegetarian foods are not only tasty, and eye appealing, but they are healthy and leave a small foot print on our planet.
I can not you to try a vegetarian diet for one month and feel the difference. You will find that you have more energy, you would be able to concentrate better, you would lose a few pounds and much better able to deal with stress. Try it.