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Thaiphoon

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Last night I was introduced to a farang who is out my way looking for land to build a house , nothing out of the normal there, but as our conversation turned to ( as it all ways does when a farang gets in the company of other faragngs ) food , he proudly announced that he was a Vegetarian , well to cut a long Alcohol driven conversation short , and myself being a bit sarcastic towards the Vegetarian guy , I came away from our chat thinking , this guy may have a valid point . So ive asked the help of Uncle Google and surprisingly enough this Vegetarian lark may have some thing going for it .

Just a bit from Uncle Google


Personal Health

No deficiencies. There is no nutrient necessary for optimal human functioning which cannot be obtained from plant food. High fat plus cholesterol. Animal foods are higher in fat than most plant foods, particularly saturated fats. Plants do not contain cholesterol.

"Carb" deficient. Meat is deficient in carbohydrates, particularly the starches which are so essential to proper health.

Vitamin deficient. Except for the b-complex, meat is largely deficient in vitamins.
Agricultural Chemicals. Being higher on the food chain, animal foods contain far higher concentrations of agricultural chemicals than plant foods, including pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Exposure to livestock drugs. There are over 20,000 different drugs, including sterols, antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs that are given to livestock animals. These drugs are consumed when animal foods are consumed. The dangers herein, in secondary consumption of antibiotics, are well documented.

Pathogenic Microorganisms. There are a host of bacteria and viruses, some quite dangerous, that are common to animals. When I eat meat, I eat the organisms in the meat. Micro-organisms are present in plant foods too, but their number and danger to human health is by no means comparable to that of those in meat.

Worms and other Parasites.

Shelf life differential. Plant foods last longer than animal foods. Try this experiment: Leave out a head of lettuce and a pound of hamburger for 1 day, which will make you sick?

Organoleptic Indications of Pathenogens. Plant foods give tell-tale signs of "going bad". Ever hear of someone getting sick from "bad broccoli"?
Heart Disease. Meat eating increases the risk of heart disease, this country's #1 killer. The correlation is an epidemiological fact.

Cancer prevention. Of all the natural cancer prevention substances found: vitamin C, B-17, hydroquionenes, beta carotene, NDGA, - none has been found to be animal derived. Yet most meats, when cooked, produce an array of benzenes and other carcinogenic compounds. Cancer is infinitely easier to prevent than cure. Soybeans contain protease inhibitor, a powerful anticancer compound. You won't find it in useful quantities in animal based food.

Disease Inducing. The correlation between meat consumption and a wide range of degenerative diseases is well founded and includes..... Osteoporosis
Kidney Stones and Gallstones
Diabetes
Multiple Sclerosis
Arthritis
Gum disease
Acne. Aggravated by animal food.

Obesity. Studies confirm that vegetarians tend to be thinner than meat eaters. Obesity is considered by doctors to be a disease within itself.

Intestinal Toxemia. The condition of the intestinal flora is critical to overall health. Animal products putrefy the colon.

Transit time. Wholesome food travels quickly through the "G.I" tract, leaving little time to spoil and incite disease within the body.

Fiber deficient. Fiber absorbs unwanted, excess fats; cleans the intestines; provides bulk and aids in peristalsis. Plant food is high in fiber content; meat, poultry and dairy products have none.

Body wastes. Food from animals contain their waste, including adrenaline, uric and lactic acid, etc., Before adding ketchup, the biggest contributors to the "flavor profile" of a hamburger are the leftover blood and urine.

Excess protein. The average American eats 400% of the RDA for protein. This causes excess nitrogen in the blood that creates a host of long-term health problems.

Longevity. To increase ones risk of getting degenerative disease means decreasing ones chance to live a naturally long healthy life. Huzas and other peoples with large centenarian populations maintain lifestyles that are relatively meat free.

Well Being. I just feel better since "giving up" meat and becoming vegetarian.

Personal Finances

Health care costs. Being healthier on a vegetarian diet means spending less on health care.

Food costs. Vegetarian foods tend to cost less than meat based items.

Ethics

Love of animals. I love animals as I love myself. I have no desire to kill them or cause them harm. We are animals, too.

Stance against Factory Farming. I cannot make a statement against factory farming if I myself eat animals.

Respect for Sentient Life.

"Economic Vote". I show support of the meat industry and the way they operate when I purchase and use their products.

Small sacrifice. The sacrifice I make is nothing compared to the animals, its life.
Natural diet. Our hands, teeth, feet, intestinal tract...even our body chemistry is that of a herbivore.

Reciprocity. If I partake in the slaughter of animals, I will have to repay my contribution to that act.
"Protecting the Temple". "Whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and soul" (E.G. White)

I believe in nonviolence. Slaughter isn't.

World Peace. There can never be peace among men while men are declaring war on other highly developed life forms.

Clear conscience. I know what I'm doing is right. I feel good inside about my decision to remain "meatless".

Example. To live this way is to protect the underlying values of those around me.
Easy substitutes. There are vegetable based substitutes for every meat product imaginable.

Speciesism. I don't consider my human life to be more valuable than the thousands of other species' lives that I would be consuming were I not a vegetarian.



So there you have it , or Do I  ::)


Are you a vegetarian , if not have you ever thought about going down the vegetarian path , or do you think its just a load of old Codswallop .




Toddy

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Never considered it, not likely to do it. I like ham too much, and lamb.


mxyzptlk

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While I have nothing against vegetarians, I eat lots of meat (mainly red meat)....so no chance of me changing after nearly 56 years....


Offline Alfie

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I'm not a vegetarian and I doubt I ever will be.

I think that some of the arguments in the above article are pretty feeble. Some of them aren't even worth the effort to type to refute. However, I wan to say something about one or two of the points but I'm a bit too tired to write something decent about it this evening. Another day perhaps. 

There are none so blind as those who will not see.



Toddy

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It can be. I know what you mean though.

Indian veggie food in Dubai is cheap as chips, and tasty.


Offline sulasno

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Ever wonder why Muslims don't eat Pork; some Buddhists don't eat Beef (as least some Indians don't); a branch of Christianity don't eat seafood with shells, Vegetarians stick to their veggies and some Thais eat insects and bugs ?

Answer : so that there is enough to go round

(this is simply a joke and I apologise if anyone is offended)