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Vegetarianism is the limitation of ones diet to only plants vegetables grains and fruits without eating any food derived from an animal There are different extremes of vegetarianism where you can eat dairy but not eggs only milk etc And the reasons why people convert to this diet differ Health religion compassion for the animals it usually varies Vegetarianism has been around for centuries beginning with the peaceful Hindu and Buddhist religions but recently we have seen the eruption of a more militant vegetarianism that is inspired by the animal rights movement Today vegetarian activists are throwing pies at Ronald McDonald and the Pork Queen scrawling meat is murder in prominent locations committing terrorist acts of arson and waging media campaigns equating meat consumption with cannibalism Vegetarianism is becoming a soapbox more than a healthier dietThe guidelines from the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services advise 2 to 3 daily servings of milk which vegetarians do not drink and the same amounts of foods such as eggs meat poultry and fish They recommend 3 to 5 servings of vegetables 2 to 4 of fruits and 6 to 11 servings of bread cereal rice and pasta In other words 11 to 20 plant foods but only 4 to 6 animal foods Vegetarians are on the average far healthier than those who eat the typical Western diet and enjoy a lower incidence of many chronic diseases Vegetarians are consuming less cholesterol and fat than carnivorous eaters Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because of their lower saturated fat cholesterol and animal protein content However it has not been proven that one must eliminate meat from ones diet in order to be healthy It has been aptly demonstrated that the typical Western diet contains too much fat Eliminating meat from the diet is one way to reduce fat but it is not the only way Eating meat responsibly and adding more carbohydrates to your
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