Are Veggies All That?


Honey Nixon

With the increasing popularity of a vegetarian diet, more and more people are ditching meat and relying on fruits, veggies and nuts for nourishment. Some people are adopting a vegetarian diet for health benefits, others for ethical and/or religious reasons. However, some people have concerns whether the diet is healthy or not.

A vegetarian diet is way healthier than the mainstreamed normal diet that millions of people have.

Many people go vegetarian for various reasons, the main one being for health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a plant-based diet can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. Since vegetarians cut meat from their diet, it is lower in cholesterol and saturated fat, which definitely helps the heart in the long run. A vegetarian diet can also lower high blood pressure, and can also lower your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that come along with heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Others go vegetarian to stop contributing to the meat industry due to the amount of animal abuse that goes on. According to, many animals are forced to live in overcrowded, inhumane conditions and are given antibiotics to prevent disease due to said conditions. Animals being raised for slaughter are also killed extremely young. Calves are slaughtered at just five months old for veal. Chickens are debeaked, which is a process of trimming their beaks to prevent them from plucking out their feathers and cannibalism from overcrowding. When debeaked, chickens cannot eat the way they are supposed to, resulting in them having to rely on getting food from troughs.

Others believe that there are more health risks than benefits when it comes to being vegetarian. There are definitely more benefits than risks. The risks of being vegetarian are mainly calorie intake and enough nutrients. These two risks can be cut out of the problem by eating correct proportions of fruits, veggies, nuts, and fiber per day. For example, eggs, tofu, and peanut butter are rich in protein. Of course, do not try a vegetarian or vegan diet without doing lots of research and tracking your diet. You have to make sure that you are getting the nutrition that your body needs.

To put it simply, a vegetarian diet is definitely healthier than the normal American diet. Taking meat out of your diet can lead to so many health benefits and help you have a happier, longer life!