Vegetarianism: The Key to a Health-Conscious, Ecological America

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Undeniably, modern society has a love-affair with meat. Statistically, the evidence is monumental. Meat-consumption has actually quadrupled in the last 50 years alone (Motavalli). Yet, does it truly benefit contemporary health standards, and the natural environment?. Based on surprising evidence, it can be safe to label the love-affair an abusive one. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34% of American adults are currently obese, and a number of research places the blame on the ever-expanding amount of meat-consumption in American society. An increasing amount of evidence indicates vegetarianism is the necessary solution to shape a society that is health-conscious, and …show more content…
Jeffrey Basham, sociology professor and self-professed meat-enthusiast at College of the Sequoias, echoes the argument, stating that," meat is the most natural way for the body to receive the desired amount of B-12, vegetarians do not receive the recommended amount. The body becomes run down, quite simply, it needs meat!"Furthermore, meat-lovers frequently argue that the meat-inclusive diet is the superior option because meat is the only source that "provides all 10 essential proteins (amino acids), as well as essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B-12, which is beneficial to the digestive and nervous system"( Additionally, a diet that includes meat is also said to allow for superior iron absorption, although detailed analysis has uncovered negative effects as well. Lastly, meat is celebrated for containing saturated fat, which has the ability to raise HDL (otherwise known as the "good cholesterol") levels, while simultaneously aiding the body in absorption of calcium (Keiley). The argument surfaces in response to the claim that saturated fat consumption found in meat and animal products is instrumental to the expanding rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer in America. Instead, those in favor of meat-consumption prefer to blame hydrogenated (trans) fats, which lower the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and prominently raise the level of LDL (bad cholesterol) for the current epidemics at hand (Keiley). Still, how much truth

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