Vegetarian Benefits

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The Benefits of Raising a Vegetarian Child In the last decade, many Americans have transitioned to a vegetarian diet. With this shift, they have also transitioned their children into these diets as well. This change has been very controversial because most think that children will not receive the correct nutrition on a vegetarian diet. In the article “Against Meat”, written by Jonathan Foer, the idea of raising children vegetarian is discussed a great deal. Jonathan Foer is an American Novelist. He now teaches creative writing at New York University. Foer is best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which were both adapted into films. The article “Against Meat” is from Foer’s book, Eating …show more content…
The truth is that humans derive most of their nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and grains. In the article “Raising a Vegetarian Family”, written by Audrey Smith, there are many myths about vegetarianism that are disproved. The article “Raising a Vegetarian Family” is from the magazine, Mothering. The author, Audrey Smith, is a writer for the magazine. In the article, Smith writes, “Family physicians are typically not well educated about vegetarianism, which leads to the dissemination of flawed information and a lack of support for parents. Toss in media health garble that changes depending on which way corporate funds flow, and the line separating fact from propaganda” (2). Since most people don’t know a lot about vegetarianism, they believe a lot of the information they hear, which is not always true. Many people believe that the correct amount of protein for a well-developed diet can only come from meat. That is wrong. There is an abundance of plant sources that meet protein needs: beans, soy products, grains, and many vegetables. Another myth people believe is that young children can’t grow and develop properly on a vegetarian diet. That is also wrong. Smith writes “Studies show that, on average, vegetarian children not only keep pace with commonly accepted milestones of physical development, but have higher IQs than their nonvegetarian counterparts; in short, they show …show more content…
Children who are raised vegetarian are not as susceptible to diseases, many myths about vegetarianism are false, and there are health benefits of vegetarianism. Like earlier stated, children who are raised vegetarian will not be susceptible to diseases associated with meat. Some diseases being heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and cancer. Also, family physicians and many people are not well educated on vegetarianism, which leads to many misconceptions. In the article, “Raising a Vegetarian Family”, by Audrey Smith, many of those misconceptions are proven wrong. Lastly, children who are raised vegetarian live much healthier lifestyles. In the article, “Raising a Vegetarian Family”, there are also many statistics that prove vegetarians have better lifestyles. Vegetarians are said to live longer, have lower percentages of getting cancer, and have lower blood pressures. Vegetarianism is growing in American each day. With all the health benefits coming to light, no wonder so many people are making the

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