Animal Nepal’s 10 reasons to become a vegetarian
Warning: Reading this might change your life!
- It’s good for your health. Giving up meat instantly reduces the risk for 160 diseases. To name just a few: cancer, heart disease, gallstones, gout, high blood pressure, piles, strokes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, indigestion. Lifelong vegetarians visit the hospital 22% less often compared to meat eaters. Their cholesterol levels are 20% lower. Many top athletes are vegetarians, including Carl Lewis and Chris Evert. If you want to excel, giving up meat is the first step to take.
- It improves your diet. One bowl of spinach gives more protein than an entire kilo of meat. As long as you add lentils, nuts and/or cheese to your diet, you will not suffer in any way (even when you’re a teenager), and instead you will find yourself becoming fitter, leaner and more radiant. Remember: meat does not contain anything – no proteins, vitamins or minerals – that you cannot obtain from a vegetarian diet.
- It improves digestion. Veggies help your body to digest well and to absorb all the vitamins and minerals available. Meat eaters tend to have digestive problems. They need more bile acids to digest, and still the meat takes so long to go round that it turns toxic inside. This is why the faeces of a meat eater smell much worse than those of a vegetarian!
- It decreases chances of infection. Did you know almost all cases of typhoid and the majority of cases of diarrhoea in Kathmandu Valley are suspected to be caused by eating infected meat? And we’re not even talking of salmonella here – resistant against antibiotics, and the main cause of food poisoning, pneumonia and skin infections! Or hormones and antibiotics fed to animals, which end up in your body after you eat them! Think of what you would save (energy, money, worries) by becoming a vegetarian.
- It’s good for animals. A meat eater is responsible for the death of 36 pigs, 36 sheep and 750 chicken on average. Think of the kind of suffering this animal has to go through just for your dinner plate. The animal is removed from its familiar environment, and transported without food for 2 days on average in a most inhumane manner. If the animal survives the trip it is slaughtered by cutting its throat, slowly bleeding to death, or by hitting it with a hammer on the head (minimum five times) till it becomes (partly) unconscious. Animals suffer from pain and fear just as much as you do. And most livestock animals are more intelligent than small children. They know what happens to them. One of the reasons why Nepalese meat is so unhealthy is because the animal has released countless high-level stress hormones while being transported and killed.
- It’s good for animals (continued). Some people think if all of us stop eating meat the animals will take over the planet. Not true at all. Animals, if left alone, immediately reduce in numbers to a size that can be supported by its surroundings. All animals, apart from humans, breed to the amount of food an space available.
- It’s good for the planet – Meat production is one of the largest sources of hunger and deforestration. Half of the world’s rainforests have been destroyed to clear ground for cattle and many developing countries (suffering from hunger) export grain to feed cattle in the West. To produce one kilo of meat, one needs 10 kilo of plants/grains. If we would use the livestock grazing lands properly (by planting trees or growing crops) food shortage will disappear virtually overnight.
- It restores bodily harmony. The human body is designed to be vegetarian. We have all the characteristics of vegetarian animals: flat grinding teeth, long intestines, alkaline saliva, etc. We’re destined to go veggie!
- It helps to save the world’s biggest problems. Sometimes it seems nothing of what we do makes an impact. The world has so many problems – it’s overwhelming to even think about it. By becoming a vegetarian you tackle most of the world’s most pressing problems: hunger, disease, deforestration, lack of water, climate change, violence, etc.
- It helps to control negative emotions. Research has shown that vegetarians are less aggressive. Prisoners or hyper-active kids, when put on a veggie diet, soon find it easier to handle their negative emotions. Being a vegetarian helps towards building a better world, where all livings beings live in harmony.