Become a Vegetarian?

*Disclaimer: I actually think that being vegetarian is awesome and brave and I totally respect those who are. This was a paper I wrote for school so no offense intended towards anyone. It does not fully explore all topics that could be used to show how wonderful vegetarianism is. It is a specifically slanted piece.*

Nowadays there are many people considering vegetarianism as a way to lose weight and express their empathy for animals. Becoming a vegetarian is unnecessary, however, because eating meat can help weight loss, raising beef is the most efficient way to produce food, and eating meat is not cruel or unethical.

It is not necessary to become a vegetarian because a meat centered diet can actually help with weight loss. According to the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, “It takes fewer calories to get protein from lean meat than it does from vegetarian options.” This means that, by eating meat, you don’t have to intake, and therefore burn off, as many calories as you might following a vegetarian diet. This proves that those looking for weight loss do not need to look to vegetarianism as an option. It is worse, in fact, than an omnivorous diet.

While it is true that becoming a vegetarian does not necessarily help one lose weight, a vegetarian diet is healthier because it helps build healthy bones. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Vegetarians absorb more calcium because the renal acids in meat leach calcium from the bones.” This means that people maintaining a vegetarian diet can more easily absorb calcium, which is an integral factor in bone strength. Although meat may require less calorie intake to acquire the necessary amount of protein, a vegetarian diet is a healthy option that even promotes stronger bones.

Admittedly, vegetable consumption is better for bone strength than meat consumption. This does not, however, mean that it is necessary to become a vegetarian. Not only is an omnivorous diet help in weight loss, but also, eating meat is neither cruel, nor unethical. An article posted in The Sun said, “Vegetarians mistakenly evaluate the value of animal life over plant life. Research shows that plants respond electrochemically to threats and may feel fear” This means that is is no more cruel to eat meat than it is to eat plants as they are both living, feeling organisms. Overall, vegetarianism is not necessary as it one benefit, higher calcium absorption, could be easily achieved by a balanced omnivorous diet.

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