There are approximately 850 million people in the world today who consider themselves vegetarians. They became such from different motives: someone is worried about their health, someone is on a diet and strives to lose weight, and someone's decision to become a vegetarian arose solely from the causes of humane treatment of animals.
So, let's try to figure out what are the pros and cons of vegetarianism.
Refusing meat, a person does not gain excess weight because plant foods are low in calories.
With a vegetarian diet, a large amount of plant fiber enters the body. This is primarily due to the fact that vegetarians replace meat products with legumes, which are in the first place in terms of fiber.
When cooking vegetables, less salt is used, which is harmful to the human body in large quantities.
A vegetarian diet includes a lot of useful carbohydrates, vitamins and microelements (in particular, potassium and magnesium), and this is a guarantee of health and a good source of energy, which allows a person to feel cheerful and active.
According to vegetarians, a person who does not eat meat (and therefore does not kill animals) gains peace of mind, as a result of which self-esteem rises, a good mood prevails and a desire to conquer new and new heights of life appears.
Eating only plant products, a person deprives himself of essential amino acids, the lack of which leads to a significant deterioration in vision.
Excessive passion for legumes (according to vegetarians, this is a good alternative to meat) leads to the fact that the digestive system is overloaded and does not can function normally. This contributes to the emergence of various acute and chronic diseases.
Compared to animal protein, vegetable protein is absorbed many times worse.
According to experts, due to many years of strict vegetarianism, a person's immunity decreases.
Many plant foods cause allergic reactions and exacerbate chronic diseases, if any.
In women, due to strict vegetarianism can cause problems during pregnancy and childbirth, and there may also be menstrual irregularities.
As for the official opinion of doctors and nutritionists about vegetarianism, they approve only its non-strict types, when a person refuses meat, but allows himself to eat milk, cottage cheese, eggs, as well as fish and sometimes lean meat on holidays. It is believed that such semi-vegetarianism does not cause significant harm to the human body, and at the same time maintains the required amount of vitamins and minerals in it. It is also widely believed among experts that it is better to become a vegetarian after reaching the age of thirty.
Thus, there are various pros and cons of a vegetarian diet, and it is up to you to stick to it or not. Remember, the main thing in this matter is not to harm your body: if it “asks” you to give some certain food, do not refuse it, because money cannot buy health.