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Should You Be a Vegetarian?

The payoffs and pitfalls of going meatless.

By
Monica Reinagel, M.S.,L.D./N
4-minute read
Episode #18

Beyond Healthy: Other Reasons to Choose Vegetarianism

Besides the potential health benefits, there are some other reasons that people choose vegetarianism. It’s cheaper, and that’s something we’re all focused on these days. Even without becoming as full-time vegetarian, you can save money on your grocery bill by eating meatless more often.

Going vegetarian is also easier on the environment. Keeping livestock uses a lot more land, water, and fossil fuel than growing plant foods. And finally, the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle allows those concerned with animal rights and welfare to sleep easier at night.

There are also a few special concerns with vegetarianism. In particular, vegans need to take care to avoid certain nutrient deficiencies, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding and in early childhood nutrition. Vegetarians who eat dairy and eggs don’t need to be concerned with any of these. But strict vegans do.

You’ll find lots of resources on vegan nutrition the web. Some are better than others. In my opinion, the Vegetarian Resource Group is one of the more reliable, evidence-based, and un-dogmatic. You’ll find them at VRG.org.

In the show notes, I’ll also include a link to an interesting site I recently came across called “Opposing Views.” This site invites experts to argue the pros and cons on a number of hot topics, including vegetarianism.

It’s a more balanced collection of information than you’re likely to find on sites that promote a certain point of view and it’s a little better curated than your average online free-for-all.

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This is Monica Reinagel, the Nutrition Diva, with your quick and dirty tips for eating well and feeling fabulous. T

hese tips are provided for your information and entertainment and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, please work with your health professional to determine what’s right for you.

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Have a great day and remember to eat something good for me.

RESOURCES:

Vegetarian Resource Group

Opposing Views: Are Vegetarians Healthier?

 

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