ALL-VEGETARIAN Diet for Your Health, the Environment and the Innocent Animals
By Mark Fergusson
Chief Vegetarian Officer, Chief Executive Officer
Down to Earth ALL VEGETARIAN Organic & Natural
Honolulu, HI (Feb. 27, 2012) – What we eat can cause or worsen diet-related conditions and thus can have a significant impact on the quality of our lives.
Virtually all the major scientific and medical institutions in the world agree that the main risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, obesity, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes, among other diseases is linked to a meat-based diet consisting of highly processed foods laden with fats and artificial ingredients. These institutions further agree that the risk is greatly reduced by adopting a healthy low-fat, high-fiber diet.
So what is the prescription for a healthier body, both now and in the future? Simple. Eat less meat, or even better give it up completely, as meat has all too often been blamed for many diet-related illnesses. Replace it with an all-vegetarian diet, this makes sense for a number of reasons.
At the most basic level, meat, fish, and eggs are high in cholesterol content. Their wide-scale consumption has contributed to the dramatic increase in the number of premature deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer; and meat-based diets contribute to a host of other health-related problems.
In contrast, a plant-based diet is generally low in fat and saturated fat, which can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Flesh foods, on the other hand, are high in saturated fat, which is the biggest contributor to blood clotting, which can result in many coronary diseases and stroke.
Plant-based proteins have zero cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the major contributors for developing heart conditions. Meat is high in Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) considered an extremely detrimental form to the body, and the more LDL you have in your bloodstream, the more likely plaque (atherosclerosis) will form in your arteries.
A meat-based diet is an extremely wasteful use of the earth's limited resources, as it requires a copious amount more of supplies to create a pound of animal flesh than a pound of vegetables. Whether it's unchecked air or water pollution, soil erosion, or the overuse of resources, raising animals for food is wreaking havoc on the Earth.
And finally, from an ethical point of view, eating animals causes extreme pain and suffering to billions of innocent creatures. Given the suffering these animals endure, and given that all our nutritional needs can easily be satisfied without eating these animals, vegetarianism is morally required. The fact is that eating animals is unnecessary because nature has provided ample vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and dairy products for human sustenance. Therefore, the slaughter of animals for food is a luxury rather than a necessity and is a considerable drain on the earth’s environment.
The single most important thing you can do for your health, the environment, and the innocent animals is to adopt a vegetarian diet.