Should Vegetarians Be Vegetarian?

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Vegetarians have been around for a long time and continue growing in numbers across the nation. They tend to get a bad reputation. Usually they are “tree huggers” or shamed by those who love meat. Vegetarians are usually more conscious about the Earth and their overall health. People should consider becoming vegetarian because it has health benefits, reduces animal abuse, and helps reduce foodborne illnesses. How does becoming a vegetarian affect people’s health? Generally, vegetarians actually are healthier compared to those who eat meat. A study was conducted in 2005 by F. Phillips. He took a group of people (consisting of 26 women and 26 men) and analyzed their diets. He determined if they were vegetarians or a meat eater and then he measured their fat indexes. Vegetarian men have a lower fat intake compared to men who eat meat. In vegetarian women, however their fat intake was higher than a meat eater (Phillips 139). Vegetarians are also known to have lower BMI, blood pressure, and a “lower overall standardised all-cause mortality ratios than the general population” (Phillips 158). Vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes (Becoming a Vegetarian). Along with the benefits of being vegetarian, there are some risks as well. Vegetarians have issues with lacking some nutrients such as protein, vitamin B-12, omega and zinc (Becoming a Vegetarian). This can be because the person has a carbohydrate filled diet. However, these nutrients

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