A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat, and mostly eats foods that come from plants, grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, according to kidshealth.com.
There are many types of vegetarians. For example, vegans do not consume any animal products. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. There is also lacto vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish, or eggs, ovo vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish, or dairy but they do eat eggs, lacto-ovo vegetarians who do not consume meat or fish, and pescatarians who do not eat meat but do eat fish according tovegetarian-nation.com.
According to vegetariantimes.com a vegetarian diet can help with preventing, treating, or reversing heart disease and can reduce the risk of cancer. Vegetarians consume less animal fat and cholesterol (vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol). A vegetarian diet also will help with strengthening bones, keeping weight down, and living longer.
On vegetariantimes.com Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat stated “If you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life. People who consume saturated have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system.”
Becoming vegetarian will also reduce the human impact on the environment. Humans breed animals such as chickens, cows, sheep, and pigs which all need large amounts water. Vegetarian author John Robbins said on theguardian.com “It takes 60, 108, 168, and 229 pounds of water to produce one pound of potatoes, wheat, maize and rice respectively. But a pound of beef needs around 9,000 liters of water, more than 20,000 pounds.” These animals also emit greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide according to theguardian.com.
Want to start a vegetarian diet? Savvyvegetarian.com recommended to start slowly, and start off just cutting back on meat then gradually eliminate it. They also recommended to get a vegetarian cook book and follow some of the recipes in there too.