There has been a lot of debate about how a vegetarian diet is inadequate and how a non-vegetarian diet is hazardous. And, it is not new!! People all over the world have been debating about the pro’s and con’s of the two since the beginning of, let’s say, civilization. Surprised!! Let me explain…
Early man was a hunter or gatherer or a hunter-gatherer until agriculture was invented. Mostly, it were the women who were gatherers while the men did big game hunting. They had their vegetables and their meat too, and rest of the animal used for clothes, belts, weapons etc. They might have been certain sections of society during that time too that did not prefer animal meat. Most probably the gatherers and hunters had their debates on stone tablets.
Fast-forward to the 21st century and the debate continues. But, if you look closely, it is not just the health-benefits that is the center of focus. People are mostly defending their individual choices. To make matters worse, cultural and religious beliefs have been dragged into the fore to prove one’s point and/or to impose ones opinion on the other.
A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. It includes eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Somehow, I did not read the words vegetarian or non-vegetarian in the above sentences. Did you?
Well, imagine having a steak without your greens, salad dressings and mash potato or fries.
Most countries do not have enough organic farms. Countries where environment is not their number one priority are at higher risk. Most vegetables sold in markets there are grown in contaminated water. The pesticides add to the problems. Vegetables and fruits are artificially ripened and washed in chemicals to give them a shine and keep looking fresh for longer duration’s. Farm animals consume the same as food. There have also been reports of plastic waste being found in the abdomens of animals at slaughterhouses.
It does not end there. If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, you are also at risk. And don’t get me started on the effects of tobacco and alcohol. Heck, the air we breathe is not all that pure anymore. Still we prefer to look and decide somebody else’ food habits. Show me an unhealthy vegetarian and I’ll show you a healthy non-vegetarian.
Eating is a choice and a personal act. A person’s choice of food could be based on cultural and religious beliefs and traditions, social norms or something more modern like environment consciousness and nutritional principles. Each person has the right to choose the food he or she prefers without it being a topic of debate or posted to social media.
Food for thought: Life is not easy as it is. Isn’t it easier to just, eat and let eat?