Why You Should Be Vegetarian

McKenzie Miller, News Editor

When you think of vegetarians I’m sure the words confrontational, aggressive and in your face all come to mind. Vegetarians are stereotyped to be very verbally aggressive and pushy people, but in reality vegetarians are just open and passionate about what they believe in. There are actually many benefits to being vegetarian that many people don’t know about. Some of these benefits include bettering the environment, bettering a person’s health and the fact that it can ultimately make people happier. 

The meat industry is bad for the environment because it releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. These gases include methane, CO2, and nitrous oxide. These gases get released into the atmosphere and absorb radiation as well as take in more heat from the sun. As the heat gets trapped into the atmosphere, it begins to increase. Besides helping the atmosphere, being vegetarian can also help preserve water. The foods that vegetarians cut are known to take a lot of water when they are produced so when those foods are cut out, less are being made which leads to less water being used. 

Besides bettering the environment, people are also bettering themselves. There are a number of health benefits that correlate to becoming vegetarian. Some of these benefits include clear and glowy skin, lower cancer rates, more energy, better digestion and more. Obviously vegetables are incredibly healthy and good for you, because of this, all of these health benefits come naturally when you eat them and base your diet around them. The nutrients in vegetables get absorbed into your body and can give you energy for hours, without needing an energy drink. 

Lastly, happiness has been proven to increase once you switch to being a vegetarian. Scientifically, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fruits and vegetables are proven to improve physical and mental health. Along with this, plant based diets have been proven to improve mental clarity and moods quickly because of all the hormones found in vegetables. There was a survey done by Vegconomist magazine on the average happiness rate on a scale one one to ten. The number that was averaged out was about 6.90 but those who were on the higher spectrum were found out to be either vegetarian or vegan. The average for vegetarians was 7.31 while the average for meat eaters was 6.80. 

All of these benefits probably seem too good to be true. When people decide whether they should be vegetation or not, what often stops them is the idea that there is a possibility of not having enough iron and protein. But, there is a solution to that that will break down the wall stopping others from being vegetarian. There are foods such as eggs, nuts, and all green vegetables that are filled with protein and iron. There are also supplements and vitamins that are available for anyone to take that can be a substitute if more iron or protein was needed. 

The stereotypes pinned against vegetarians are all made up from people who don’t take enough time to understand why they are so passionate about being vegetarian. Not only does being vegetarian make the world a better place, it also makes your entire mindset a healthier and happier place. When you think about the pros and cons of being a vegetation, very little cons come up. Even just thinking about being vegetarian and what that would mean to you is taking the right steps toward making our planet a healthier and happier place.