Vegetarianism is now more popular than ever, with more and more meat eaters ditching their steaks for the healthier and happier lifestyle associated with being a vegetarian. Here are just some of the reasons people are giving up meat:
Number 10: You’ll Reap the Benefits of a High Fibre Diet
You don’t get fibre from eating meat or dairy products, but you do get lots of fibre from vegetables and other vegetarian favourites. There are so many benefits to a diet high in fibre, for example it helps slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed in your blood, stopping your glucose levels rising too fast.
Number 9: Lower Cholesterol
We tend to get most of our cholesterol from animal products such as meat, so if you become vegetarian you are likely to have lower cholesterol levels. You just need to be careful with you don’t over indulge on too many vegetable oils – although overloading on oil is much more difficult than eating too much meat.
Number 8: It Can Keep You Slim
True, not all vegetarian diets will keep you slim, especially if you load up on carbohydrates and sugar. A well-balanced vegetarian diet, though, will have far fewer bad fats and therefore less calories than a meat-based diet, so you’ll look and feel better.
Number 7: You Won’t Get a Protein Deficiency
A lot of people are put off a vegetarian diet as they are scared they won’t get enough protein, but you can easily reach your daily protein macros eating foods like eggs, hummus, Greek yoghurt and various beans.
Number 6: It’s Now Convenient!
A few years ago, you could find it hard to find even one vegetarian item on a restaurant’s menu, which meant you had to pay money for a dish you didn’t want just because your friends wanted to eat there. It was just easier to eat meat instead. Nowadays there are loads of vegetarian dedicated restaurants, with exceptional menus, along with vegetarian takeaway delivery services so there’s now no need to miss out on eating out or eating in.
Number 5: It Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
The meat industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change due to the release of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. If we reduce the number of people eating meat, we can help reduce climate change too.
Number 4: Ethical Reasons
For many, you become vegetarian simply because you care about the animals. If you don’t eat meat then you’ll be safe in the knowledge that no animals have been harmed purely for the purpose of putting food on your plate.
Number 3: It Saves the Trees
Creating land for raising animals for meat, such as cattle, means that it’s a primary cause of deforestation. Numerous forests have been destroyed to make way for fields to grow food and to keep the house the animals before they are slaughtered.
Number 2: Eating Meat Contributes to the Global Food Shortage
A massive one third of the world’s grains are fed to animals that are being raised for meat – grain that could be donated to starving nations if we ate less meat. Raising these animals also uses incredible amounts of water that could be used elsewhere.
Number 1: It’s Trendy!
Being a vegetarian not only makes you healthier and helps save the planet, it’s also incredibly trendy. Numerous celebrities have adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet including Anthony Kiedis, Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway. If you’re going to follow a celebrity trend, vegetarianism is by far the best!