Published June 23, 2010
When I was growing up I ate the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) - beef, mashed potatoes and tall glasses of milk. But I never felt well.
I realized I could perform better athletically and feel better with a vegetable and plant-based diet.
People become vegetarians for different reasons. Most people become vegetarian because they love animals. But today, more and more people are choosing a vegetarian lifestyle not just for ethical reasons but also for the health benefits. The ethical, health and environmental reasons for being vegetarian are all connected.
A Vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, including pork, chicken, beef and fish. And some Vegetarians choose to not eat any animal products such as dairy, eggs and gelatin (from pork or fish).
Many of the foods in the typical American diet are major sources of harmful toxic chemical exposures such as phthalates. Phthalates have been linked to kidney and liver damage in animal studies and labeled a possible carcinogen.
A recent pilot study found that people who followed a vegetarian diet for only five days were able to reduce the level of phthalates and antibiotic levels in their bodies.
Antibiotics are commonly added to feed to manage and prevent diseases in poultry and livestock and promote growth. In recent years there have been growing concerns about the overuse of antibiotics and how this may be affecting human health. Read Animal Factoryby David Kirby
There are many benefits to becoming a vegetarian. Here are few:
Source: The Essential Green You! by Deirdre Imus
What do you eat? and Why?
Deirdre Imus is the Founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology (r) at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. Deirdre is the author of four books, including three national bestsellers. She is a frequent speaker on green living and children's health issues, and is a contributor to FoxNewsHealth.com. For more information go to www.dienviro.com