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World Vegetarian Day: Health benefits of avoiding meat
There are many good reasons for not eating meat. Today's World Vegetarian Day is a good occasion to look at it again and to check whether your own meat consumption cannot possibly be reduced or stopped.
Many celebrities are leading by example and have been living as vegetarians for years. Saving meat is not always easy, but the stars show how it works. From Boris Becker, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Gere, Gwyneth Platrow and Avril Lavigne to the Tokyo hotel twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz, Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson and Brad Pitt, to prominent historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Wilhelm Busch or Leonardo da Vinci extends the list of prominent vegetarians. Out of conviction, the stars do without meat. They are doing their health a significant favor. Because vegetarians rarely get fat, have fewer problems with cardiovascular diseases or high blood pressure and are less prone to cancer. Good reasons to use today's World Vegetarian Day (October 1st) to switch to fruits and vegetables yourself.
Health benefits of the vegetarian diet In most cases, switching to a vegetarian diet involves reducing the excess weight that relieves the organism as a whole. A further increase threatens only when vegetarianism is given up again. The yo-yo effect known from diets is therefore almost impossible with an exclusive diet based on vegetarian food. According to the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, “established medicine is now also recognizing that a vegetarian diet can make a significant contribution to nutrition-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension To prevent gout and various types of cancer ”. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) also today expressly recommends a balanced lacto (ovo) vegetarian diet as a permanent diet for health prophylactic reasons. Studies by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the Federal Health Office in Berlin have confirmed that vegetarians - despite their longer overall life expectancy - suffer less from cancer.
Ethical concerns about meat consumption
Although the health benefits of the vegetarian diet are convincing, many vegetarians have decided not to eat meat because of their own health, but for ethical reasons. The philosopher Pythagoras of Samos is considered the founder of this so-called ethical vegetarianism. Today, many people have considerable ethical concerns about meat consumption, because around 99 percent of the meat products on the market come from animal husbandry that is not appropriate for the species. Factory farming, with its scandals of the past decades, is rejected by a large part of the population. So far, however, only a few have taken the last step to avoid meat. But the proportion of vegetarians is growing and more and more people are trying to at least reduce their meat consumption. This is also to be welcomed against the background of the growing food shortage worldwide. Because the production of every kilogram of meat consumes a lot of vegetable nutrients. In other words, a world full of vegetarians would also be much easier to feed.
There are many recipe sites on the Internet that specialize in meat-free cuisine. The motto of the vegetarian gourmets: “No boring casseroles, instead high vegetarian cuisine”. (fp)
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