Vegetarian Diets Catch Crap from Carnivores

    April 24, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Vegetarians get a lot more respect than they used to. Back in the day, they had to put up with snickers and comments about eating rabbit food. Nowadays, lots of people are hopping on the vegetarian bandwagon.

It can be pretty confusing to suss out good information about whether vegetarianism is supposed to be good or you or not. You can browse through Netflix on any given day and see tons of documentaries with competing viewpoints, both claiming that the other is way off base.

The folks behind the popular Forks Over Knives espouse vegetarianism with an almost evangelical fervor. While The Perfect Human Diet is all about meat. Food, Inc. goes into the raw food movement. Then comes the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead camp, championing juicing. The whole thing starts to look like a melee fight scene from an Anchorman movie.

In the end, it really seems to boil down to what works for you. Can you pound down meat like a real-life Ron Swanson and still have good cholesterol levels? More power to you. Can you eat uncooked veggies all the time and still power through your day with energy and vitality? Then that may be your path.

Then there is the vegan way. The difference between “vegetarian” and “vegan”? Vegans are more specific about not eating dairy and eggs, therefore eliminating all animal products from their diet, not just meat.

“The standard diet of a meat-eater is blood, flesh, veins, muscles, tendons, cow secretions, hen periods and bee vomit. And once a year during a certain holiday in November, meat-eaters use the hollowed-out rectum of a dead bird as a pressure cooker for stuffing. And people think vegans are weird because we eat tofu?” – vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke

Vegetarians often have to put up with people asking the same questions all the time. For example, “You’re a vegetarian? Then where do you get your protein? Humans need protein to survive!”

Vegetarians respond that vegetables have protein. In fact, there is more protein in quinoa than there is in steak.

What about flavor? Is being a vegetarian just eating salad all the time? Don’t vegetarians end up just eating all the things that most people had to be forced to eat as kids?

But perhaps the greatest challenge to the otherwise-attractive idea of trying out vegetarianism is this:

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  • Steve

    I believe in moderation in all things. I try to eat well, but I do eat red meat maybe once every week or two weeks. I eat chicken – it is good for you (organic). Fish, fruit, veggies, & yes, desserts. Whatever works for you! Just hate the hardcore zealots who try to convert…

  • JeffreySlott

    I have been vegetarian since the early ’90s. I don’t miss the eating of other animals one iota. Besides the health aspect, there is the moral, and I’m not just referring to the gross savagery visited upon the animals butchered for supposed human sustenance. I’m referring to the air, water, and land pollution that comes with factory farms, which is where the bulk of animal foodstuffs come from. Talk about digging your own grave; this is what human carnivores are doing every time they eat what they supposedly can’t do without. Sooner or later, they are going to pay a heavy price either health-wise from the fallout of eating all those chemical/hormone laden carcasses, or money/tax-wise with the cleaning up all those places on the planet that have been poisoned.