I’ve often asked my Vegetarian friends,
what’s the main reason you transitioned from the land of the meat eaters to the land of the Veggie eaters. I mean, if you want to go one step further, Veganism is even more extreme. Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Yes, there is Lacto-ovo vegetarianism, Lacto-vegetarianism, Ovo-vegetarianism, Veganism, Raw-veganism, Fruitarianism, Su-vegetarianism and the list goes on. So why go vegetarian?
I get mixed answers but they can loosely be classified into 5 main reasons:
1. Self preservation/ Health Issue
The acid theory – The more meat you eat, the more the body’s pH drops. The more acidic your body gets the faster you age (precursor to disease).
The protein theory – consuming excess protein can sometimes hinder efficient absorption of calcium, leading to osteoporosis.
Lower consumption of animal fat, lower cholesterol, lower heart disease or chances of stroke.
2. Environment preservation
By growing grain which is fed to livestock which is THEN fed to humans, you end up with much less food than you would have by feeding on the grain itself. Annually, an acre of land can produce 150 fold more kgs of potatoes or tomatoes, than kgs of beef.
The grain used for livestock feed also causes top soil depletion. Not only that, fuel for farm machinery, for making fertilizers and pesticides etc.. all these contribute to the devastation of our environment.
3. Animal suffering prevention
Not all animals suffer granted. However, in today’s commercial “farms,” some are raised in inhumane conditions from the time they are born. When you make a stand as “Vegetarian” you are making a stand against this cruelty to animals.
In my country, not eating meat for religious reasons is a common reason for being Vegatarian. It is most commonly practiced in Hinduism and Buddhism. Also, on certain religious days for the Taoists (the 1st and the 15th of the Chinese Calendar of every month). For the Christians, it is also common practice to abstaining form meat or to fast for lent.
Just don’t like the taste of meat.
Well, for me, I am definitely not Vegetarian. I am the opposite of “felxitarian” which means that I mostly eat Steaks or Cheese-burgers with the occasional Vegetarian Meal thrown in! Read about any extremely interesting article in Newsweek on flexitarians here. The reason why I am not Vegetarian is because 1. I love my red meats too much 2.Eating meat is not ethically wrong. Eating ethically wrong meat (i.e., the cheap, mass-processed, hormone-stuffed animals) is wrong. Choosing to eat free-range chicken is one of the healthier and better options, or eating Vegetarian occasionally would be a good option too. After all all things in moderation and even our poor bodies need time to detox and repair, don’t you think?
Books On Vegetarianism:
*Note: Photo 1 – vegetarian curry mutton, Photo 2 – vegetarian nasi lemak , Photo 3 – vegetarian rolls.
Yishensu Vegetarian Restaurant,
1 Utama Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 77294313