This week (16th – 22nd May) has been National Vegetarian Awareness Week; a time set aside to celebrate plant-based diets and raise awareness about the many benefits of vegetarianism.
A vegetarian diet can lower your risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, and it’s also more environmentally sustainable than a meat-based diet. If you’re thinking about giving vegetarianism a try, we’ve curated some of the best and tastiest recipes out there to help you get started.
The vegetarian lifestyle
According to a recent study, there are now more vegetarians in the United States than ever before. In fact, it is estimated that up to 7.3 million Americans have adopted a vegetarian lifestyle.
There are many reasons why people choose to abstain from eating meat, including health concerns, environmental concerns, and ethical concerns. For many people, the decision to become a vegetarian is a way of taking a stand against the cruel treatment of animals. Others see it as a way of reducing their carbon footprint and doing their part to protect the environment.
Whatever the reason, it is clear that the number of vegetarians in America is on the rise. And with more and more people seeking out meat-free alternatives, it seems likely that the trend will continue.
Over the years GreenerIdeal has covered some of the issues around vegetarianism. Here are the top five:
1. The beef with meat: Looks at a few aspects of meat production (i.e., environmental impact, animal welfare), shows how meat contributes to environmental problems (water pollution, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions) and how meat can be harmful to your health.
2. Reducing weekly meat intake: Meat is a common food and source of protein for many people, but it can contribute to health problems such as obesity and heart disease. You probably eat meat daily- maybe more than once a day. However, eating that much meat impact your health in the long run. Check out these easy tips to cut on your weekly meat intake.
3. Dealing with Non-Vegetarian Holiday Feast: Vegans are sometimes characterized as having a sense of superiority over non-vegans. This isn’t entirely true, but some vegans are just begging to be labeled. So, what do you do over holidays especially where meat is mostly the main dish? Here are some simple guidelines to follow during such holidays.
4. How vegetarianism can help save the planet: A vegetarian diet is great for your health and that of the planet. This piece explores the many benefits of going vegan for the planet.
5. How to complement your vegetarian diet: A vegetarian diet comes with a few challenges. For instance, meat provides an easy way for the body to get a large amount of protein. It’s also the only source of Vitamin B12, an essential nutrient in red blood cell production. Deficiencies in vitamin B12 can lead to loss of certain nerve functions, so it’s vital that vegetarians get sufficient B12 in their diet. The piece explores a few ways you can complement your vegan diet to ensure you get all the essential nutrients.