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Should We All Become a Vegetarian?
The world consumed over 322 million tonnes of meat in 2017; that’s over 5 billion animals consumed. An increasing number of people have become vegetarians with over 3 million vegetarians and vegans in the UK. People become vegetarians for many reasons, including health, religious convictions, concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock, or a desire to eat in a way that avoids excessive use of environmental resources. Becoming vegetarian accompanies many health benefits and new opportunities. So, should we all become vegetarians then?
One of the most common reasons. It is cruel to kill animals. Most of the time, we eat only for pleasure. Animals are sentient beings that have emotions and social connections just like us. Scientific studies show that cattle, pigs, chickens, and all warm-blooded animals can experience stress, pain, and fear. In the UK, about 2.6 million cattle, 40 million hens, 975 million chickens are killed for food each year. Animals should not have to die to satisfy your unnecessary dietary preference. Although one can argue that eating meat is just a part of the natural cycle of life. Research shows that plants respond electrochemically to threats and may feel fear, so vegetarians are causing just as much as harm as carnivores. Every organism on earth dies or is killed eventually so other organisms can live. This is just how nature works.
Human anatomy has evolved to support a primarily vegetarian diet as humans do not have the large mouth or long, pointed teeth of carnivores. Additionally, the liver of a carnivore can detoxify the excess Vitamin A from a meat-base diet whereas a human liver cannot.
A vegetarian diet can deliver a complete nutrition including the necessary vitamins, fats, and minerals and can provide health benefits. Meat is not an essential part of a healthy diet. But meat is the most convenient protein source available with one serving providing all the essential amino acids and nutrients. Most plant foods do not provide adequate levels of all the essential amino acids in a single serving as a result, more plants will be consumed to fulfil a balanced diet. Studies showed two in three vegetarians were vitamin B12 deficient compared to one in 20 meat eaters.
A vegetarian diet can help alleviate world hunger. Cattle are fed excessive amounts of food. 16 pounds of plant protein are used to feed a cow but only produces one pound of meat. The other 15 pounds are waste. It has been proved that decreasing global meat production by 10% would allow us to feed additional 60 million people.
A vegetarian diet lowers the risk of heart disease.
According to a peer-reviewed 1999 study of 76,000 people, vegetarians had 24% lower mortality from heart disease than meat eaters. A vegetarian diet also helps lower blood pressure, prevent hypertension, and thus reduce the risk of stroke.

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