Friday, August 7, 2009

15 Important Reasons To Avoid Eating Meat

You may be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian ,but here are some of the reasons that explains why being vegetarian is good for you ,and environment and global warming can be reduced by going vegetarian.

1 Cruelty to Animals

More than 27 billion animals are killed for food every year in the U.S. alone. There are laws for pet animals like cats and dogs but no laws for other animals.

2. Your Health

Vegetarian foods provide us with all the nutrients that we need, minus the saturated fat, cholesterol, and contaminants that are found in meat, eggs, and dairy products. Plant-based diets protect us against heart disease, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and several types of cancer. Vegetarians also have stronger immune systems and, on average, live 10 years longer than meat-eaters do

3. The Environment

America’s meat addiction is poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half the water used in the United States goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population does, the run-off from their waste greatly pollutes our waterways

4. World Hunger
Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient—for every pound of food that they eat, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. If we stopped intensively breeding farmed animals and grew crops to feed humans instead, we would easily be able to feed every human on the planet with healthy and affordable vegetarian foods.

5. Amazing Animals

Farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as our companions. They are inquisitive, interesting individuals who value their lives, solve problems, experience fear and pain, and are capable of using tools. According to animal-behavior scientists, chickens begin learning from their mothers while they are still in their shells, pigs can play video games better than some primates can, and fish form social bonds and can remember things that they have learned for the human equivalent of 40 years.

6. More contaminated:
Veggies and fruits are less contaminated then meat.

7. Less in fiber: Vegetarian diet is usually higher in fiber than an omnivore’s diet.

8. Weight Problem: Lots of fatty and greasy bits in meat that can higher your cholesterol and also make you put on weight

9.Mad Cow Diseas
: Recent British study concluded that as little as one teaspoon of Mad Cow Disease infected feed can transfer the infection to cattle. The infectious agent may be able to survive for ten years or more.

10. More Infections:
Even after being baked in the lab at over 500 degrees Fahrenheit, diseased animal brain tissue remains infectious

11. Animal Proteins: There is a relationship between animal protein and heart disease. For example, plasma apolioprotein B is positively associated with animal-protein intake and inversely associated (lowered) with vegetable-protein intake (e.g., legumes and greens). Apolioprotein B levels correlate strongly with coronary heart disease. Unknown too many is that animal proteins have a significant effect on raising cholesterol levels as well, while plant protein lowers it.

12. Stomach cancer: A review of 15 studies showed the risk of developing stomach cancer rose by 15 to 38 percent if consumption of processed meats increased by 30 grams (1 ounce) per day, the Karolinska Institute said in a statement.

13. Processed meats: Researcher said that processed meats were often salted or smoked, or had nitrates added to them, in order to extend their shelf-life which could be connected to the increased risk of stomach cancer, the fourth most common type of cancer.

14. Blood cholesterol: Scientific studies provide evidence that much animal protein’s effect on blood cholesterol may be significant. This is one of the reasons those switching to a low fat-diet do no experience the cholesterol lowering they expect unless they also remove the low-fat animal products as well. Surprising to most people is that yes, even low-fat dairy and skinless white-meat chicken raise cholesterol. I see this regularly in my practice. Many individuals do not see the dramatic drop in cholesterol levels unless they go all the way by cutting all animal proteins from their diet.

15. Colon cancer -The consumption of chicken and fish is also linked to colon cancer. A large recent study examined the eating habits of 32,000 adults for six years and then watched the incidence of cancer for these subjects over the next six years. Those who avoided red meat but at white meat regularly had a more than 300 percent increase in colon cancer incidence. The same study showed that eating beans, peas, or lentils, at least twice a week was associated with a 50 percent lower risk than never eating these foods.

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