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Ten reasons to be a vegetarian

The following article is clipped from the website



Richard Dawkins on Vegetarianism

“What I am doing is going along with the fact that I live in a society where meat eating is accepted as the norm, and it requires a level of social courage which I haven’t yet produced to break out of that. It’s a little bit like the position which many people would have held a couple of hundred years ago over slavery. Where lots of people felt morally uneasy about slavery but went along with it because the whole economy of the South depended upon slavery.“

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has said bad eating habits are the main cause of 70 percent American deaths. Consuming more fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains are the best source for living a healthy, more enjoyable life.

By being a vegetarian you are not only helping your body but you also help the environment by reducing pollution created from animal agriculture. Also, you may appreciate your healthy meals even more knowing that no animals suffered along the way.

There are literally hundreds of great reasons to green with your diet but here are our top 10.

1. Live Longer
A study from the Loma Linda University has found that vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans live about 15 years longer than meat eaters. These studies are further supported by the Chinese Health Project (the largest population study on diet and health to date). They found Chinese people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risk of cancer, heart attack and other diseases.

Further proof comes from a British research that tracked 6,000 and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years to find that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases.

2. You’ll be more “regular.”
Vegetables are the ultimate source for fiber, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fiber. Studies done at Harvard and Brigham Women’s Hospital found that people who ate a high-fiber diet had a 42 percent lower risk of diverticulitis. People who eat vegetable rich diets also tend to have fewer incidences of constipation, hemorrhoids and spastic colon.

3. Have a good heart

Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidant nutrients that protect the heart and its arteries. Plus, produce contains no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Cholesterol levels for vegetarians are 14 percent lower than meat eaters. American diet that’s filled with saturated fats and cholestrol from meat and dairy has made cardiovascular disease the number one killer in the United States.

4. You’ll avoid toxic chemicals.
95 percent of pesticide residue in our diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products (according to EPA estimates). Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic; lead, cadmium) that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products are also laced with steroids and hormones.

5. You’ll give your body a spring cleaning.
Fruit and vegetable juices contain phytochemicals that help us detox naturally. Giving up meat helps rid the body of toxins (environmental pollutants, pesticides, preservatives) that overload our systems and cause illness.

6. You Will Look Better And Skinnier
On average, vegetarians are slimmer than meat eaters. Vegetarian diets are much lower in calories than the standard American diet. Vegetarians are also less likely to suffer from weight-related disorders like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

7. Think of The Money You Will Save
Replacing meat, chicken and fish with vegetables and fruits is estimated to cut food bills by an average of $4,000 a year.

8. Help the environment
You’ll help reduce waste and air pollution. Circle 4 Farms in Milford, Utah, which raises 2.5 million pigs every year, creates more waste than the entire city of Los Angeles. And this is just one farm. Each year, the nation’s factory farms, collectively produce 2 billion tons of manure, a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the country’s top 10 pollutants. And that’s not even counting the methane gas released by cows, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the greenhouse effect); the ammonia gases from urine; poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons; toxic chemicals from pesticides; and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.

9. More Efficient
Right now, 72 percent of all grain produced in the United States is fed to animals raised for slaughter. It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there’d be enough food to feed the entire planet. In addition, using land for animal agriculture is inefficient in terms of maximizing food production. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef.

10. Its The Right Thing To Do

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
- Albert Einstein

Did you know 22 million animals are slaughtered to support the American appetite for meat? Its a great feeling to finish a health meal knowing that no beings have suffered.


“我们要接受这样一个事实:我们生活在把食肉作为一种规范被普遍接受的社会里,要打破这个规范需要一定的社会勇气,可惜目前还没有形成。这有点儿类似于很多人坚持了几百年的奴役制度,这个制度虽在道义上让人感觉不安但还在坚持,是因为整个南部的经济依赖于这个奴隶制度。”——Richard Dawkins
原外科医生General C. Everett Koop表示:百分之七十的美国人主要是死于不良的饮食习惯。食用新鲜水果,蔬菜,谷物等是生命健康、愉快生活之源。
1. 长寿
一项来自Loma Linda University的对素食主义者长达七年的研究显示:素食主义比肉食者大约多活15年的时间。 这些研究得到中国健康工程(一项关于大量人口的饮食和健康研究)的进一步证实,他们发现,中国人食用高脂肪和肉制品非常少,患癌症及心脏病和其他疾病的风险较小。
来自于英国的研究也给出了更进一步的证明,对6000个案例进行了12的追踪调查,其中有5000个肉食者。研究发现,在这段时间里40 %的素食者不太可能死于癌症,有20%很少死于其它疾病。
蔬菜是纤维的基本来源,它把废物排出人体。肉类不含纤维。在Harvard和 Brigham Women’s Hospital做的一项研究发现:人吃了高纤维食物得病的风险低于42%。保持丰富蔬菜饮食的人,对便秘、痔疮和痉挛性结肠等疾病的发病率往往较低。
一般来说,素食者比肉食者更有“型”。 素食者饮食比标准美国人的饮食的热量低得多。素食者也不太可能出现和体重相关的器官失调性疾病如心脏病,中风和糖尿病。
用蔬菜和水果取代肉类、鸡和鱼,预计能为粮食账单削减$ 4000/年。
目前,在美国有72 %的粮食生产用于饲养动物以供屠宰。获得一磅肉需要15磅的饲料。但是,如果粮食直接供人食用,就有足够的食物来养活整个地球的人类。此外,从最大化的粮食产量观点来看,占用土地来发展畜牧业是低效的。据该土壤和农业用水的记录:一英亩的土地,可以产生50000磅的西红柿,40000磅的马铃薯,30000磅的胡萝卜或者仅仅250磅的牛肉。

by himindy | 2008-05-19 11:40 | 菜根香healthy food
The following article is clipped from this website


September 04, 2007 15:29 Comment Number : 2

Energy ConsumptionMeat production is

responsible for deteriorating biological system

in terms of energy consumption,

particularly unrenewable energy consumption.

According to New Scientist,producing a

kilogram’s beef consumes 169 megajoules

of energy which is enough to light a 100-watt

bulb for nearly 20 YEARS.

The calculations did not include the impact

of maintaining farm infrastructure and

transporting the meat.

2007年9月4日15:29 评论编号 : 2



<新科学家杂志> (New Scientist),





by himindy | 2008-05-19 11:23 | 菜根香healthy food

Thanks, C.K.

Dear C.K.,

Thank you for your comment

and I feel great that there are

people out there

appreciating vegetarian dishes.

I have not written the new article


"Being vegetarians is helpful for

the environmental protection"


But I will try my best to post it later.

Thanks for waiting.
by himindy | 2008-05-19 11:05 | 菜根香healthy food