Many people often wonder what it is that drives others to become vegetarian. This is attitude is born mainly because of prevailing cultural notions of nutrition, where meat is seen as an important and rich source of nutrients that the body needs to be at peak health.
However, what many people overlook is that there are philosophical, cultural and health reasons for people to become vegetarian.
SOME PEOPLE DON’T NEED A LOT OF MEAT
People’s metabolisms are as individual in function as people are themselves. For some people, there is no need to eat a lot of meat, as their metabolism can work fine either with a minimum of meat, or with proper substitution for meat in their diets.
However, it should be noted that this does take some science and testing to get right. Still, if the person has no problem with a vegetarian diet, then there should be no problem in terms of health.
SOME PEOPLE HAVE HEALTH ISSUES THAT REQUIRE MINIMIZING MEAT INTAKE
For other people, they have health issues that require either a vegetarian diet augmented by supplements to replace the nutrients that are found only in meat, or they are required to have a vegetarian-bias diet that will help them with their health issues.
Diabetes, hypertension, and some forms of liver and kidney illnesses greatly benefit from a vegetarian-bias in diets. It’s no surprise, then that many doctors opt for a “less is best” approach when it comes to meat.
For those who simply cannot live without meat, there are still options, like portion control, the use of lean meat, and cooking meat in ways that will lessen the creation of “bad fats” and other detrimental substances to the human body.
Some people are vegetarians because of philosophical or ethical issues. These include the admission on the part of the person that animals do feel pain and fear, and that they are aware that they are being led to their deaths.
Some people add more reasons to this ethical and philosophical stand by pointing out the objectification of the animal for more efficient meat production on the industrial scale. They also point out that the way the animals are slaughtered also calls to mind questions about animal cruelty.
Finally, some vegetarians avoid meat because of the various substances that are added or fed to food animals. These include growth hormones, food based on leftovers of the last batch of animals that were slaughtered, and other unpleasant additions. Some people also include in this preservatives and food coloring that is added between the slaughterhouse and the grocery display, to make the meat more tempting, while at the same time keeping it fresh for a longer period.
As you can see, there are many reasons for vegetarians to be the way they are. Even with the advent of ethically-raised food animals, it won’t be a surprise if vegetarians will continue to make their point – even if they do have to eat ethically-acceptable meat every now and then for their health.