Pro-Planet. Pro-Animals. Pro-Health: The Pros of Vegetarianism. Vegetarianism, is it just a fad, or will it continue to cultivate and grow more mainstream than it is today? All signs are indicating that it will, indeed, continue to grow. “As many as 3.2% to 6% of the U.S. adult population is a vegetarian” (Parker 1). If one loves life, why not try vegetarianism? Having a vegetarian diet not only saves animals, but also improves health and uses less of our planet’s diminishing resources. The earliest known practice of vegetarianism was in ancient Greece. Vegetarianism was encouraged by the famous Greek philosophers, such as Pythagoras and Socrates. They stated that it was unclean and unfair to the living animals around them (Driscoll
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Obesity among Americans is a growing problem. Being a vegetarian has been proven to reduce chances of becoming overweight or obese by nine times (Knopper 1). Vegetarians also live an average of six to ten years longer than meat eaters (Knopper 4). The United States spends 15% of annual GDP on treating the unhealthy; if more Americans tried the vegetarian diet, that expense would be substantially reduced.
Of course, having a vegetarian diet is not perfect. Vegetarians need to pay special attention to the nutrients that are in the food they are abstaining from. Protein can be found in various nuts and lentils. Vitamin D is added to most milk. Vitamin B12 can be found in most dairy products. One can be assured that the benefits of being a practicing vegetarian far outweigh the small negativities. If a person’s diet still does not provide all of the sufficient vitamins and nutrients, multivitamin and singular vitamin supplements are safe and common to use.
Some people do not realize this, but a practicing vegetarian significantly helps the environment. ‘Being a vegetarian alleviates overgrazing, deforestation, topsoil erosion, and wildlife habitat destruction. Today nearly one-third of the earth's land, and nearly half of all land in the United States, is devoted to either the pasturing of livestock or the raising of crops to feed livestock” (Knopper 5). If more land was used to grow crops and food