Pros and Cons of Becoming a Vegetarian

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Vegetarianism has become more popular in the last few decades for a number of reasons. Some people decide to switch over to a plant-based diet for religious reasons, health reasons, or moral reasons. If you are on the fence about whether you should try a vegetarian diet, think about the pros and cons before jumping in.

Pros

  1. Better Weight Control: When you switch your diet over to a strict vegetarian diet, you cut out a large group of calorie-rich foods. Butter, eggs, and meat all pack a big punch of calories. As you limit your caloric intake, you can see weight loss, while not starving. You’re still eating plenty of food, but you can manage how much you intake by cutting out animal products. With a little less weight, it’ll be easier to exercise and you’ll enjoy moving more.
  2. Positive Health Benefits: Most of the red meat and animal fat can result in things like cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, and weight gain leading to Type 2 Diabetes. By cutting out those foods, you decrease your risk for developing heart and endocrine problems down the road.  You’ll have a lower risk of things like heart attack, blood clots, diabetes, and some cancers. Also, because you’re able to keep the weight off, you’ll not have issues with obesity and the cascade effect that can have on your health. Your joints will stay in good repair longer from not having as much weight on them.
  3. Personal Feelings Aligning With Action: Many people who decide to become vegetarian hold strong personal convictions that eating animals is inherently wrong. They see the animal as a relational being and do not want it to suffer for their pleasure. When someone decides to switch to the vegetarian lifestyle, they usually feel a great sense of peace within themselves because their actions are in line with what they believe.

Cons

  1. Need To Take Supplements: There are many ways to get nutrients from plants that are also in meats. Walnuts and flaxseed have Omega-3’s, and legumes are a great source of protein, but there are a few amino acids that we need that aren’t found in plants. To stay in good health and keep our muscles from deteriorating, vegetarians need to take supplements for B12, calcium, iron, Omega-3, and Vitamin D. Yes, green leafy vegetables have iron, but it’s generally not enough. Broccoli has calcium, but we need a higher dose to keep our bones strong. Many of the vitamins and minerals in our body need each other to be absorbed by the body. For example, we need vitamin D to absorb and use calcium properly. If one is out of sync, then there can be a domino effect in the body.
  2. Fewer Food Options At Restaurants: It’s difficult to go to a restaurant and only have a handful of options to choose from. Many places don’t put enough of an emphasis on preparing vegetarian meals, but there are several vegetarian restaurants in Marlton, NJ.

    Rastelli’s Market

    Turning Point

    The Kettle and Grill

    Estia Greek Taverna

    Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar

  3. More Planning And Prepping: The lack of specific amino acids and vitamins means that vegetarians need to plan out their meals a little more. You need to know what foods contain what health benefits so that you can intelligently combine your plate. Plus, you’ll need to eat more food to get enough calories to keep moving. It’s not healthy to maintain a 1200 calorie diet constantly. To bump back up to a 2000 calorie diet, you’ll need to prepare more food to make up those extra calories.

Being vegetarian is becoming easier as the years go by. More people and places are seeing the benefits of limiting animal products and increasing the amount of plant based foods. Your world of vegetables will open up wide when you transition over. You’ll learn new ways to prepare different foods from across the world. Vegetarians don’t have to skimp on flavor–the food still tastes great! Don’t forget to try out any one of the awesome vegetarian restaurants in Marlton, NJ.

 

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