Being a strict vegetarian means
making the choice to eat absolutely
no meat, poultry, or fish. The
health risks of being a vegetarian
was a major concern, but it has
been proven that non-meat foods can
provide all the nutrients necessary
for a healthy, complete diet.
Jeanne Peters, R.D., the former
nutrition specialist to Pritikin
Systems, argues that Ascience has
proved that a plant-based diet is
the healthiest@ (Finn 1). Many
scientific studies have also proven
that meat dramatically raises blood
pressure and increases health risks
such as heart attacks and cancers.
Also, growing concerns over
environmental protection, personal
health, and moral and ethical
beliefs often lead to
vegetarianism. According to
national polls, in the U.S. alone
Athere are 12.5 million
vegetariansB 7 percent of the
population@ (Finn 1).
Concerns are rising about the
relationship between meat
production and our environment.
Beef production is a very