Vegetarian Benefits and Disadvantages
After six years of lacto ovo vegetarian diet I can say personally what are vegetarian benefits and what are the disadvantages of a vegetarian diet or in my case a meatless lifestyle. At the beginning you think that you started a real fight with all that meat evil diet and the vegetarian benefits diet are immeasurable but as time goes on you realize that sometimes occur some disadvantages too.
Drastic diets have existed since ancient times being supported by various reasons such as religious, traditional, family, science, and more recently, today, environmental or moral concepts.
Many people consider vegetarian diet as the food perfectly style, which protects the health, keep them exceed the disease and increases their longevity.
Over time, carefully studying human physiology, medical doctors and researchers were able to identify a wide range of substances that participate in complex metabolic processes, substances that can not be found entirely in the plant kingdom and body, deprived of them, will no longer function normally.
Human diet is omnivorous, which means he needs both food crop and those animals with metabolic enzymes and the mechanisms necessary for the absorption and metabolism of both substances from both the plant and the animal. People tend to think exclusively vegetarian diet for proper man would be perfect, but it is not, otherwise man would have been … herbivore.
It is true that some animal products may be more toxic than some vegetable products such as pork and processed meat and sausages, smoked meat or fat or even animal fat, but with the industrial evolution there are plant products that are become harmful, such as margarines or vegetable food products from genetically modified soybeans. However, when we think to vegan diet we could see some vegetarian benefits and advantages and of course some disadvantages at the same time.
What are the benefits of vegetarian diet?
In general, regularly adopted vegetarian diet (one day per week or one week per month) has beneficial effects on the body:
- Submit a further lower effort to body during digestion;
- Detoxifies the whole body;
- Fiber content decreases the risk of diseases such as colon cancer, high cholesterol, hypertension and stroke, diabetes, etc.;
- Fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of antioxidants to detoxify the body so as well in the fight against cancer, early aging and cardiovascular diseases;
- Brings a lower intake of toxins in the body.
What are the disadvantages of a vegetarian diet?
Quality proteins (such as those found in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, chicken) are not found in plant products and the body can not synthesize itself. So there will be protein deficient. Too much fiber can not be fully metabolized by the body.
Also carential vegetarian diet is vitamin B12, essential for the formation of blood cells in many metabolic processes in the fight against anemia. Vegetarians will have megaloblastic anemia, sometimes severe. Omega3 intake is also low in exclusively vegetarian diet, but it is very much finding in fish. Neither vitamin D is found in abundance in the plant kingdom, as well as iron, it is found in some plants (even spinach), but in small quantities and in more difficult shape than absorbable iron that is found especially in meat ( chicken, beef or fish, avoid the pig).
Purely vegetarian diet is contraindicated in pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children because they deprive them of important nutrients for the developing fetus or infant, predisposing to rickets, congenital malformations, abnormal growth, development of mental capacities, anemia so severe etc.
Pure vegetarian diet deprives the body of high quality protein, animal origin. Vegetable proteins (peas, chickpeas, beans, green vegetables, fruit and vegetable oils, cereals, vegetables and dried fruits, bread, flour, pasta, rice, semolina) are poor or do not contain all essential amino acids, particularly important for proper functioning of the body. Iron is found in large amounts in red meat, but not in plants.
Calcium Deficiency (contained in milk and derivatives, meat) can be quite important in vegetarian diet, as vitamin D deficiency and recommend taking supplements for those who follow a strict vegetarian diet, but only under medical prescription.
So, as you can see sometimes you have to think twice before considering that being meatless you will have only vegetarian benefits. My advice is to be well informed about the benefits and risks before you adopted the vegetarian diet lifestyle. Reasoning must be solid, and it is crucial to know how to combine dishes so you get all the nutrients needed for good functioning of the body.