People become vegetarians for various reasons, for instance, it could be health reasons, religious convictions, environmental grounds or the concern for animal welfare. There are numerous reasons and motives. In addition, it has never been easier to be a vegetarian. Meat alternatives and replacements are growing in popularity and can be found in most supermarkets. Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference in both looks and taste.
Pros & Cons of being Vegan or Vegetarian
Furthermore the health benefits from being vegetarian are surprisingly good. According to a long-term study led by the University of Oxford , the risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians than people who eat meat and fish.
“Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease,” explains Dr Francesca Crowe, lead author of the study at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford.
There are many positive sides of becoming a vegetarian, but on the other hand there are also challenges and downsides. For instance, you would have to give up the big juicy meat burgers, the perfect medium rare steak and the tasty salmon sushi.
Additionally, not all nutrients you find in meats and fish can be found in vegetables and other vegetarian options. To ensure that you get all the nutrients you need, you would also have to take supplements like Vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
In conclusion there are endless articles on why you should or should not become a vegetarian. This is a discussion that will never end. We have spoken to Emma Porter to hear her reasons for becoming plant-based and how easy or hard she finds it in Barcelona!