Vegetarian - Its Healthier
Vegetarians are healthier than people who eat meat. Its a fact.
Scientific studies show that vegetarians suffer much less from
illnesses like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and
other common health problems. A major study reported in the British
Medical Journal in 1994 found that, of 5000 meat-eaters and 6000
non-meat eaters, vegetarians had 40% less risk of cancer
and 30% less risk of heart disease than the meat-eaters and were 20%
less likely to die of any cause (Oxford Vegetarian Study).
A US study of 50,000 vegetarians showed a very low rate of cancer
(Seventh Day Adventist Study, Massachussets). It has been estimated
that by following a low-fat vegetarian diet, the risk of
food poisoning is decreased by 80%. More evidence of the benefits of a
vegetarian diet is being found each year.
From TIME magazine (July 2002) - A balanced vegetarian diet is better
for humans than one that includes meat:
Vegetarian - Its Humane
Billions of animals are killed in slaughterhouses around the world. In
the US, some half a million are killed each hour, while in the UK over
600 million are killed each year. A proportional
number are killed in Australia. It is nothing more than an undercover
massacre. Animals suffer enormously in the process. Quite apart from
the terror of being killed, they undergo pain and
fear through routine stock mutilations and during transportation to
saleyards and abattoirs.
Most animals eaten in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA and similar
countries today are intensively raised in dark, sunless sheds where
they are fed a diet of processed foods. In most cases
antibiotics, growth-promotants and hormones are routinely
administered. As biological entities, these animals are treated as
little more than meat machines. We would be horrified if our pet
cat or dog was treated in this way, so why should we subject other
animals to such cruelty? The fact that the killing is done by someone
else makes it easy to eat meat but, by eating it, we
are really condemning the next animal in line.
Have you ever really stopped to think about the cruelty we
systematically inflict on other species simply by eating them?
Vegetarian - Its Economical
Meat is expensive, both economically and agriculturally. With so many
starving people in the world today it is a criminal waste of food to
produce it. Meat-animals are fed perfectly good plant food which could
have been fed directly to starving people. For istance, it takes 17
kilos of corn, beans, grain, etc, to produce one kilo of beef in
feedlot cattle. This is like investing $17.00 in a bank term deposit
and withdrawing $1.00 at maturity! It rquires massive reserves of land
to grow the crops which are used as animal feed. About 70% of crops
grown in the US are fed to animals and not to humans. Meanwhile, a
child dies of starvation somewhere in the world every two seconds. As
the world human population grows, so too does the need for the
reserves of arable land on which to grow crops to feed it.
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Vegetarian - Its Environmentally Friendly
In Central America, entire forests are felled or burnt to provide land
for grazing cattle. Most of these cattle end up as second-quality
hamburger meat for the North American junk food market.
Being hard-hooved, cattle erode the vulnerable topsoil, while each
animal produces over 300 litres of methane (a greenhouse gas) per
Also, the trees which are felled to clear land for cattle ranching are
left to rot. The termites which then feed on them produce even more
methane than the cattle.
Weight for weight, cattle alone outweigh the entire human population
of our planet. A recent Greenpeace report told how the dairy industry
of California uses enough water to supply a city of
22 million people. The effluent produced from intensive piggeries,
cattle feedlots and broiler units is polluting our river systems. A
NSW government newsletter pointed out that the late Homebush abattoirs
was the single greatest industrial polluter of Sydneys coastal
Vegetarian - Exploding Some Myths
Understandably, people are a bit apprehensive about changing their
diet. Everyone seems to know someone who looks as pale as a bleached
potato since giving up meat! The truth is that a
well-balanced vegetarian diet provides all the protein and nutrients
needed for a vigorous and healthy life (American Dietary Association
Study). What is seldom pointed out are the millions of conventional
eaters who suffer from constipation, malnutrition, gout and a host of
other problems and diseases brought on by a lack
of fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet, combined with the adverse
effects of meat.
A study carried out the by University of Surrey in Britain found that
vegetarians were better nourished than meat eaters, and much closer to
the ideal diet recommended by the governments own health advisers.
More information on our Vegetarianism and Beyond site
Hard Facts www.hknet.org.nz/Cost-of-meat-page.htm
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Vegetarian - Aren't We Designed To Eat Meat?
Not at all. Many people say that we are meat-eaters because we have
sharp teeth. This is like judging a book by its cover. Look inside and
you will find out what is really going on.
Our digestive system resembles that of the herbivores and the
frugivores (fruit-eaters). It consists of a very long intestine
allowing slow digestion of nutrients. By contrast, carnivores
have a short digestive tract designed so that meat can quickly pass
through the body before it putrefies and becomes toxic. To compensate
for this rapid transition, carnivores have a stomach
acid concentration 10 times greater than that of vegetarian mammals
(including humans) to enable them to quickly digest the meat. When
humans eat meat it begins to putrefy before leaving the
body, often resulting in disorders as diverse as constipation and
bowel cancer if eaten persistently over a period of time. Sure, the
more fibre eaten with meat, the quicker it passes through the
intestines, but why eat meat at all?
Only vegetable matter contains fibre and a good vegetarian diet
provides all the fibre the body needs without having to add
If you are serious about lowering your cholesterol intake, a
vegetarian diet is the best way to go since only animal products
Health Fact Sheet www.hknet.org.nz/VegeGo.html
Speaking out - www.hknet.org.nz/veg-stubborn-page.htm
Vegetarianism and the Bible - You mean it says that in the Bible
Religion and Vegetarianism -
Random Christian Quotes supporting Vegetarianism
Vegetarian - What do I eat then?
Most people imagine vegetarian eating to be meat and two veg minus
the meat. To a conventional meat-eater this sounds like someone being
sold a car with the engine missing! Nothing could be
further from the truth. Vegetarian eating is about eating a wide
variety offoods prepared in an abundance of different ways.
Being a good vegetarian means being adventurous and open-minded about
food. It is not simply about eating a predictable menu day-in,
Many vegetarian staples had their origin in different countries
hundreds of years ago . pasta from China (and later Italy), tofu from
China, and tempeh from Indonesia. Tofu is bean curd made
from soya beans. Tempeh is a sort of nut-flavoured cheese made from
fermented soy beans. It is rich in enzymes and easily digested.
Both can be bought at health food stores and larger supermarkets.
These are not merely substitutes for meat, but nutritious food in
themselves which have proved to be an excellent source of protein for
Stupid things that vegetarians hear all the time from meat-eaters:
Vegetarian - Where Do I Get My Protein?
Protein is naturally very plentiful. It occurs in every living thing,
plant and animal. Apart from fruit and vegetables, good sources of
protein include pasta, lentils, rice, potatoes, soy
beans, chick peas, nuts, seeds and grains, with or without moderate
use of eggs and dairy products.
The amount you need depends on different personal attributes (weight,
height, etc) and the daily requirement varies considerably from 20 to
90 grams per day. By eating a variety of foods each day you should
easily meet your individual requirements. In fact, the nutritional
attitude to protein has changed dramatically in recent years. The
old-fashioned notion that you can never get too much protein has now
wrong. Excess protein not used by the body has to be broken down and
excreted as waste. In fact, a major culprit in many human degenerative
diseases is a protein overdose. For example, calcium loss in
osteoporosis has been linked largely to an excess of high-protein
This site lists everything that anyone would need to have a balanced
healthy life-style as a vegetarian; vitamins and minerals sources, the
food triangle, check it out:
Vegetarian - What about Minerals like Iron and Calcium?
A sound vegetarian diet should provide all needed nutrients. The
presence of vitamin C with iron in the diet will help iron absorption
by up to 30%.
It is a myth that you have to eat meat to get sufficient iron. It is
readily available in breakfast cereals, whole grain products, soy
products, legumes and leafy green vegetables.
Tiredness is not necessarily caused by iron deficiency. It may also be
caused by lack of sleep, depression, stress and poor eating habits
(usually junk food).
Calcium is found in all unprocessed vegetable foods in amounts that
are sufficient to meet the needs of both adults and growing children.
Whatever the calcium intake, the intestine absorbs sufficient calcium
to meet the bodys needs. Good sources of calcium are sesame seeds,
tofu, almonds, soy beans, parsley, green vegetables and fortified soy
milk. A recent dietary study on 6,500 Chinese found that even those
who ate no animal products actually
consumed twice the amount of iron as the average North American. In
spite of the fact that dairy products were not eaten, osteoporosis was
It's all here www.hknet.org.nz/Vege-VitaminSources.html
Vegetarian - The change - How Do I Start?
The best place to start going vegetarian is in the kitchen! Buy a
cookbook and start preparing. You will soon get used to the types of
food that are used and how they are prepared. Also, your taste for
vegetarian food will adapt. If you are doubtful about your abilities
as a cook you can enrol in cooking classes. Information about these is
often available in health food shops and some
courses are run at TAFE colleges(in Australia).
See HERE www.hknet.org.nz/vege-links1.htm for some we know of.....
otherwise the Vegetarian Society(ies)
www.hknet.org.nz/vege-links2.htm often has a list of recommended
Giving up meat might seem strange at first, but so does giving up
tobacco to the cigarette addict! If you feel that you cant drop meat
straight away, try cutting it down bit by bit. Just increase your use
of foods like beans, grains, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, gluten and
some of the many low cholesterol convenience foods (like burgers and
sausages) now available at health food stores and supermarkets.
Some Recommended On-line and Hard-copy Cook books Higher Taste
Cookbook - available from Hare Krishna temples and centres view it
Great Vegetarian Dishes by Kurma dasa
Cooking With Kurma
The Hare Krishna Book of vegetarian cooking
Vegetarian and lowfat food recipes (WinHelp)
(FREE Download) http://www.winsite.com/bin/Info?500000010774
Vegetarian - Why Do So Many People Eat Meat?
Meat-eating in the quantity our society eats today really began with
the industrial revolution. Better machines led to more efficient
agriculture. When a surplus of crops was produced, this was fed to
animals and the animals eaten by those who could afford meat. Thus
meat became something of a status symbol. Unfortunately the status
symbol developed into a habit so that most of us in the wealthier
countries think that it is a normal part of our diet. As we approach a
new century, it is high time we turned back to the healthier, less
wasteful diet of our forebears.
Today the meat and dairy industries promote the myth of their products
being necessary through heavy advertising (you only have to count the
times they appear on television to see that!).
Close behind them are the pharmaceutical companies which provide the
hormones, antibiotics and growth promotants to the animal producers.
Altogether there are many vested interests in keeping us eating animal
products! Unfortunately the only interests that are lost in this
expensive advertising jungle are yours.
Individual health and a healthy environment begins with good eating
habits, and a vegetarian lifestyle is the simplest and most effective
way to achieve them.
Living in Harmony with Vegetarians
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Vegetarian - Making the Change
To make any change is not easy, particularly when it involves
explanations to friends and family. However, making a change that you
know will take an enormous burden off the environmental stresses of
the planet, that will improve your health and
ultimately save millions of animals from cruelty makes it easy.
Already in the US and Britain there is a massive change towards a
meat-free diet. Some half a million people are adopting a vegetarian
lifestyle each year in the US while the number of
British vegetarians is now 4 million. The trend is catching in
Australia and New Zealand where many, mainly young people, are
realising that they want a healthy and humane future.
Whether you go vegetarian overnight or over a period of time does not
matter. The important thing is to get on the track. Even cutting down
on meat consumption will make an enormous difference.
TIME magazine ran an 8 page article asking "Should we all be
Vegetarians?" their conclusion was that a healthy balanced vegetarian
diet is better than one that includes meat
Health and a Meatless Diet
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
The new millenium is the time to make the change. Lets make it a goal
for the whole planet. Remember . Youre in good company!
Vegetarian - Famous Vegetarians
Pythagoras, Plutarch, Leonardo Da Vinci, Tolstoy, Shelley, George
Bernard Shaw, Gandhi, Thoreau, Bob Dylan, Joanna Lumley, George
Harrison, Paul and Linda McCartney, Michael Jackson, Madona, Martina
Navratilova, Hayley Mills, William Shatner, Sir Mark Oliphant, Cliff
Young, Peter Singer, Bob Barker, Spike Milligan,
Nigel Hawthorne, Annie Besant, Anthony Robbins, Peter Sumner, Chrissie
Hynde, Tim McCartney-Snape, Peter Brock, Lynda Stoner,
Johnny Weissmuller (the first Tarzan), Julie Christie, Morissey (The
Smiths), Marty Feldman, Murray Rose, Paavo Nurmi (9 Olympic medals),
Andreas Cahling (body building champion), Dave Scott (6-time Ironman
Triathlon winner), k.d.lang, Belinda Carlisle, Edwin Moses, Sean
Hughes, Bryan Adams, Dennis Weaver, Woody Harrelson, Killer Kowalski
(champion wrestler), Alicia Silverstone, Annalise Braakensiek, Vanessa
Amorosi, Greg Chappell, Jerry Seinfeld, Uri
Geller, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, James Cromwell, Radha Mitchell,
Daniel Johns (silverchair), Susie Porter, Joaquin Phoenix, Josef
Brown, Daniel Jones (Savage Garden).
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