By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:51:58 PM.
People choose vegetarian diets for many reasons, including personal preference, health concerns, dislike for meat or other food from animals, or they believe a plant-based diet is healthier. Some adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for ethical reasons. Many vegetarians, for example, avoid meat because they do not want animals killed or harmed. These individuals may object to the treatment of animals raised on industrial farms. The environment is an additional concern for some vegetarians. Issues have been cited concerning all aspects of the environment, such as animal waste from factory farms polluting the land and water or forests that are cut down to make room for grazing cattle.
People who eat a high amount of vegetables and fruit daily tend to have the best protection against weight gain as they age. Because plant-based foods like fresh veggies and fruit are very low in calories yet are high in terms of volume and therefore take up lots of room in your stomach, they are filling and keep you from over-eating. Plant‐based (or “mostly plant-based”) diets are tied to a lowered risk for obesity, lower BMI status and reduced complications related to obesity, such as heart problems or metabolic syndrome.
Replacing the flavors, textures and nutrition of meat, poultry, fish and seafood is one of the major challenges of beginning a vegetarian lifestyle. Gradually reducing your intake of these foods while substituting nutritionally similar vegetarian foods can ease your transition from meat-eating to pure vegetarianism. Although the challenges of a vegetarian lifestyle do not end with abstaining from meat, poultry, fish and seafood, the nutritional benefits outweigh the minimal costs.