Going green: pros and cons of a plant-based diet

A plant-based diet improves overall health and wellness in willing individuals who try it
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A plant-based diet improves overall health and wellness in willing individuals who try it Photo provided by www.forksoverknives.com

Danielle Barnych, Staff Writer

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For many meat-eaters out there, it is hard to imagine a world without meat in it. We are talking about no more chicken, steak or pork. Every Chick-fil-A in the world would quake at the thought of everyone converting to veganism and vegetarianism. As someone who no longer eats meat, I used to think this was crazy, too, but now I see its long-term benefits. Maybe after this discussion you will too.

So, what is a plant-based diet?

Well, to start off there are two different kinds; vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarians do not eat meat but can still get protein from eggs and other leafy greens. Vegans on the other hand, stay away from animal products entirely and some extreme cases, will avoid all clothing, makeup and household materials that have animal-harvested ingredients. They share one thing in common: NO MEAT!

Pros:

  • Diets like this allow you to consume less saturated fat and bad cholesterol, and are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which is beneficial for overall health and wellness.
  • You can sleep well at night knowing there are fewer farm animals butchered and slaughtered for your own personal enjoyment when there are ways you can get protein without killing them.
  • It can expose you to more exotic and interesting food choices you might love.

Cons:

  • Giving up meat and/or animal products entirely is a serious commitment that must be consistently upheld to be considered genuine.
  • Sometimes daily dietary necessities like natural vitamins, minerals and protein aren’t acquired with only leafy greens or without proper consideration beforehand.
  • It takes more planning to go out with friends and family because you need to check beforehand if they have food you can eat.

 

With all the information above it is now your turn to decide if going plant-based is the right thing for you to do. It’s a choice only you can make but I encourage you to do more research and consult with others who have already switched before you convert to plant-based diets and reward yourself with fresh perspective on a new way of life.

 

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