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Nowadays, some girls only have vegetables for their dinner and more and more people become vegetarians. They don’t like eating meat, eggs, fish, but only vegetables. In fact, different eating habits have been debated over many years, and there are some religion’s reasons for the cause. Non-vegetarian eaters suggest that meat-eating is a natural habit of the food selection. On the other hand, there are many reasons to be a vegetarian because a vegetarian diet has so many benefits.
Winston Craig, a professor of nutrition at Andrews University, claims that vegetarian diets have many benefits to our health such as protecting us from cancer, diabetes and some diseases. In addition, others even maintain vegetarian means we care about nonhuman animals. Killing nonhuman animals to fulfill our food habit is not ethical. Therefore, my own view is being a vegetarian is what we should do because it not only protects our health while offering enough nutrients we need, but also shows our love and care to nonhuman animals.
First of all, vegetarian diets help us to build a healthy life structure. Some people don’t care about their health until their bodies are starting to have problems. Most are in the mid-age.
Working a lot gives people less time to care about their bodies. Moreover, junk food, which is popular in teenagers, is really bad for people’s health. Therefore, more and more people start getting fat since they are teenagers and have diseases like diabetes or cancer after mid-age.
Compared to them, the vegetarian diet shows its benefit. According to Craig, “A large body of scientific literature suggests that the consumption of a diet of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, and fruits, with the avoidance of meat and high-fat animal products, along with a regular exercise program is consistently associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity and consequently less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and mortality” (para 1). In addition, vegetarian diets can keep cancer and diabetes away. Craig suggests that “Adventist vegetarians are reported to have lower rates of diabetes than Adventist no vegetarians”, because “a vegeatarian diet provides a variety of cancer-protective dietary factors” (para 2-3). Both diabetes and cancer are difficult to be cured today. Therefore, the importance of vegetarian diets is outstanding. Moreover, “In a cohort study, middle aged vegetarians were found to be 50% less likely to have diverticulitis compared with nonvegetarians” (Craig para 3). This means vegetarians can reduce the probability of having diverticulitis for middle-age people.
Health is the best wealth we have, so we have to care about it. There are some meat-eaters who do not want to change their habit because they think it is too late to change. This can not be an excuse that not to be a vegetarian. “Well-planned vegan excludes eggs, dairy, and all other animal products, lacto-vegetarian allows dairy, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian allo ws dairy and eggs diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle” (Craig para 1). Thus, to be a vegetarian and to insist on a vegetarian diet make us responsible for our own health because it can prevent us from disease and keep us healthy. In addition, meat-eaters argue that plant-based diets do not have enough nutrients, but this kind of justification is unscientific. Craig suggests that a vegetarian diet is distinguished from an omnivorous diet by its content of dry beans nd lentils. These take the place of meat and fish as the major source of protein” (para 1). “Since beans are good sources of soluble fiber, vegetable protein, saponins, phytosterols and polyunsaturated fat, consuming a diet rich in legumes will lower risk of heart disease” (Craig para 3). Protein is rich in eggs, fish and seafood. By eating beans, people can obtain the nutrients from eggs and seafood.
Moreover, “While nuts are high in fat, they are naturally low in saturated fat and most are quite rich in monounsaturated fat. Nuts also contain a number of vitamins, minerals and other substances important for cardiovascular health, such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, folic acid, copper, and dietary fiber”(Craig para 3). What Craig points out is that people can obtain fat, protein, vitamin and dietary fiber that are necessary for people for beans and nuts. These show to us that plant-based diets can not only provide the nutrients we need, but lower risk of heart disease. To be a vegetarian because not only it is good for our health, but also it shows our love and cares to nonhuman animals. Based on Michael Allen Fox’s idea, who is a professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, we should care about nonhuman animals, and we need to bring justice to them. Humans are a very special species on the earth because we not only have intelligence but also emotion.
There are not only laws but also morality in our society. According to Fox, we should care about animals’ pain and suffering because it is hurt and they don’t like that. Fox can’t accept turning nonhuman animals into meat for human consumption. Fox gives us some surprise data. “More than 300 mammals and birds are killed [in the U.S alone) each time your heart beat. In the United States, more than 10 billion are slaughtered annually just for food” (310). Both of these data are unbelievable and should make people think more about caring animals’ pain and suffering. In addition, “[How] people obtain it has always been in indicator of the way they have chosen to live, of what they value, of their attitudes toward life, each other, and nature in general” (309). Killing animals to fulfill our food desire is not ethical. Indeed, to be a vegetarian is very necessary and important. The answer why we should care about it is “[It’s] to realize that nonhuman animals can be hurt, that it matter to them, and therefore, should matter to us” (311). Moreover, there are some justice considerations Fox is concerned. “We can look at this issue in two ways. First, if we consider the experiences of nonhuman animals to be of a comparable character to those of humans, then it has to be manifestly true that the gustatory pleasure of humans cannot outweigh the amount of pain and suffering caused to animals by the process of obtaining these pleasures” (314).
That’s why we should care about nonhuman animals’ experiences and to be a vegetarian is very necessary and important. As Fox mentions “The largest study ever undertaken on this subject was conducted by Cornell University scientists in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. According to their finding, planted-based diets are significantly healthier in numerous respects than meat-based ones” (Fox 309). To become a vegetarian is really a benefit to us. Vegetarian diets prevent us from many diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease while offering enough nutrients we need. Furthermore, it is an ethically right thing to do. We are not the only species on this planet, so we need to consider about other species. To care for nonhuman animals is what we should do. We can not fulfill our food desire by killing animals, and we need to care about animals’ pain and suffering. Therefore, I believe that becomes a vegetarian is important to not only us but other animals.
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