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Facts About Vegetarianism and Some Health Tips

Although vegetarianism originated as a religious practice, it has also gained acceptance among many for aesthetic, nutritional, and economic reasons. Humanitarian vegetarians refuse meat because they believe that the killing of animals is unnecessary or cruel, or that such a practice can conceivably lead to a disregard for human life; the trades that the slaughter of animals supports, such as butchering, are considered degrading.

FACTS ABOUT VEGETARIANISM AND SOME HEALTH TIPS

Vegetarianism is the practice of eating foods obtained exclusively from the vegetable kingdom, and hence of abstaining from meat and other animal foods.

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Vegetarianism is an ancient custom. It has long existed among certain Hindu and Buddhist sects that consider all animal life sacred, and it was advocated zealously by numerous philosophers and writers of ancient Greece and Rome. In the Roman Catholic Church, it has been Seventh-Day Adventists.

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PHYTAGORAS ADVOCATING VEGETARIANISM (Source: wikipidea.commons.org)

As an active Western movement, it originated in 1809 near Manchester, among members of the Bible Christian Church. In 1847 the Vegetarian Society, a non-religious organization, was founded. The movement spread to continental Europe and the United States (1850), and, in 1908, the International Vegetarian Union was founded. Today the union holds congresses every two years in different countries.

Although vegetarianism originated as a religious practice, it has also gained acceptance among many for aesthetic, nutritional, and economic reasons. Humanitarian vegetarians refuse meat because they believe that the killing of animals is unnecessary or cruel, or that such a practice can conceivably lead to a disregard for human life; the trades that the slaughter of animals supports, such as butchering, are considered degrading.

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People who adhere to vegetarianism for health reasons believe that meat is harmful to the human body and that a purely vegetable diet is more nutritious. Some vegetarians reject meat eating because of the poor conditions in which livestock may be kept. Others argue that eating meat is a waste of precious resources when there are so many people in the world who are starving. Because a meatless diet might result in a protein deficiency, vegetarians need to satisfy their protein needs with corn and seeds of legumes.

If you remember all the PETA ads, one thing, which you notice except the raunchy ads, is that they attract the attention towards the cruelty against animals.

In America itself, about 7 billion farm animals die or are slaughtered for production of flesh food each year. It is scary but true; when you relish the chicken, you don’t even know how they spent their whole life in a cage with floor space barely larger than a record-cover with more than five hens.

Being vegan may seem presumptuous but when you know that most factory-farmed animals never get to see a blade of grass in their lifetime, you will know the extent of cruelty. So turning vegetarian is not only an option but also a favor done to the animals.

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Vegetarian Health Tips

Go For Dark Green Vegetables

Remember that green vegetables are your salvation. Try having green vegetables at least three times a day and opt for fresh foods. If you have a yard, you can even have your own kitchen garden where you can produce green vegetables or green leafy vegetables or green tops that are easy to grow and cook

Drink Loads of Water

Have loads of water - at least six glass of water every day. Although avoid drinking water between or just after meals. If you are too thirsty, you can have a little warm water.

Reduce the Intake of Refined Sugar

Because of excess intake of refined sugar, glands like pancreas and adrenal glands increase the production of adrenaline which is the stress hormone and increases the heart rate, anxiety, and stress level. Intake of excess refined sugar also reduces the immune system which in turn, makes the body susceptible to flu, colds and infections.

Don’t Overcook the Vegetables

Don’t overcook and don’t wash the vegetables too much as almost all the nutrients reside on the peel. Don’t use too much oil and never deep fry the food if you can afford it.

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Have Salad Everyday

Have the salad dressing ready for all your cravings. The main health benefit provided by salad is the increases in fiber intake. Integrating salad into the daily diet is very advantageous for health.

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Eat All Types of Fruits

Fruits contain vitamins and minerals and keep us healthy naturally. They also contain antioxidants, or phyto-chemicals, which aid in protecting the body against diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Incorporate at least two types of fruits in your diet and have lots of fruit juices.

Go Organic

Organic fruits and vegetables are raised and grown without the aid of fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides, thus come out all natural and healthier than the ones, which are grown with the non-organic substances. Some studies link these chemicals to cancer and other diseases and thus going organic helps us in preventing many diseases.

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Add Proteins through Nuts, Seeds and Nut Butters

According to a study, people who ate nuts 5 times a week had half the risk of heart diseases as compared to those who hardly ever ate nuts. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, etc helps in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Seeds, nuts, nut butter, and seed butter hold liberal amounts of phyto-chemicals that help in protecting against many types of cancer such as prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

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Have Soy and Soy Products

Soy and soy products are rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber and B-vitamins. They also contain high amounts of all the proteins, which include all essential amino acids. They promote healthy heart and bones, help in preventing cancer, and alleviate menopausal symptoms.

About Me

I have been a vegetarian after I joined the Science of Identity Foundation – HARIBOL YOGA SOCIETY in 1972. I lived in the Vaisnava Organic Farm in Tanay, Rizal in 1981 to start and propagate organic gardening, including beekeeping in 5 years.

Reference:

Ronthoughts Journal – Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian

http://www.filipinovegetarianrecipe.com/vegetarianism.htm

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/health-tips-for-vegetarians-5829.html

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Comments (11)

Nice and informative article.But the western vegetarian movement started in 1809 A.D,whereas Gautama Buddha advocated it in as early as 6 th century B.C,You see the gulf of difference between the east and the west.

You are so right! Vegetarians are generally healthier than heavy meat eaters. But, it is important for vegetarians to know what to eat so that they won't lack of essential nutrients.

Vegetarianism is defined much differently (and historically) today. There are six major divisions or philosophies of vegetarianism, with varying degrees of vegetable/fruit/dairy intake. But even fundamentally, vegetarianism includes fruit--not "exclusively from the vegetable kingdom." Also, vegetarianism did not originate as a religious practice, but an survival/adaptive process. The religious aspect took place much later and only in certain parts of the world.

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I tried being a vegetarian for a while, I must admit i felt better but I gradually went back to meat, it's very addictive.

I have added this to StumbleUpon. I wrote a link talking about Milk and Eggs once, because people THINK that these are cruelty free - however I learned that in most cases the industry is even more cruel. Calves are a byproduct of the dairy industry - killed to be veal.. and battery hens live horrid lives. While I do keep free range hens for eggs - this is not entirely cruelty free either - since roosters are not needed, most producers kill them at age day 1. I strongly encourage people to have some Meat less days every week - even if they cannot go all the way to a meatless diet.. do SOMETHING - I also feel - one dead cow feeds more people than one dead chicken - so I wont even eat chicken any more.

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Nicely done Ron..yes, I agree too..vegetarians is the best answer for many of diseases, however its hard to follow..especially like me..eat a lot! ..lol thanks Ron :) v+ping

I have been a vegetarian for many years and now "an almost vegan" to me it was an easy migration as I have always thought all animals including man need respect and rights, Man was always intended to be a vegetarian our bodies are not designed to eat meat, when you say "Try having green vegetables at least three times a day" I think you might have meant Three times a week didn't you? Meat eaters have the remains of the food left in the gut for many days along with toxins that can be bad for you...Digestion is the process that breaks food down into the smallest possible parts so that the body can convert it into energy. When we eat, food passes through the esophagus to the stomach where digestive juices convert food into proteins, sugars and fats. When food leaves the stomach, it passes to the small intestine where it is absorbed as nutrients into the body or passed further along to be expelled from the system as waste. How long it takes to digest a meal depends on what you have eaten. Red meat can take three days to digest while fruits and vegetables pass in fewer than 12 hours. Happy eating

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Thank you so much for all the comments and the much added insights, its much appreciated.

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Excellent ! I am a vegetarian most of the time , sea food is considered vegetarian by some lol...I dont eat meat though...

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Thank you Kiran for your comment.

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"In the Roman Catholic Church, it has been Seventh-Day Adventists."

Seventh Day adventists are not Catholics ---

Roman Catholic monastic orders such as the Carthusians and Cistercians follow a strict vegetarian diet. Carmelites and others following the Rule of St. Albert also maintain a vegetarian diet, although the old and sick are permitted to eat meat according to this rule of life.

Other early Christian historical documents observe that many influential Christians during the formative centuries of Christianity were vegetarian, though certainly not all. The Clementine homilies, a second-century work purportedly based on the teachings of the Apostle Peter, states, "The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils."[20]

Although early Christian vegetarianism appears to have been downplayed in favor of more modern Christian culture, the practice of vegetarianism appears to have been very widespread in early Christianity, both in the leadership and among the laity. While not vegetarian himself and vehemently against the idea that Christians must be vegetarians, Augustine nevertheless wrote that those Christians who "abstain both from flesh and from wine" are "without number"

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