Beef...and Why It Should Not Be for Dinner Essay

1959 Words Feb 24th, 2013 8 Pages
Kyle Ankrum
English 110
Dr. Aitken
June 23, 2012

Beef…and why it should not be for dinner
A vegan is defined as a person who refrains from using any animal product for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Therefore, with the human population increasing on the planet, putting more and more stress on the planet’s capacity to produce food and renew its resources, veganism is becoming more and more popular because it is considered to be a conscientious way of life. For some it is for religious and personal reasons, for others it has to do with the fair treatment of animals. In any case, those whose diet has been traditionally meat-based, the vegan lifestyle is a responsible, choice for very legitimate reasons.
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Diets rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and high fiber are also linked to lower risk of heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cancers of the stomach, lungs, pancreas, large intestine, and rectum (Fuhrman, n.d).
According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, not only were vegans slimmer than their meat-eating counterparts, their fiber intake was 24 percent higher and calcium intake was 17 percent higher. Vegans also consumed more magnesium, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E, and less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. In addition, studies supported by the American Dietetic Association have shown that a vegan diet can actually reverse diabetes (ADA, 1266 – 1274). People often assume that since vegans do not eat meat that they cannot receive proper nutrients, but as studies have shown the vegan diets meet nutrition guidelines.
A common misconception of veganism is protein deficiency, in fact a 2003 report by The American Dietetic Association stated that vegetarian and vegan diets “meet and exceed requirements for protein consumption” (749).
Appropriately planned vegan, and vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth. Vegan diets in childhood and adolescence can aid in the establishment of lifelong healthy eating patterns and can offer some important nutritional advantages (754, 755)
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