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8 reasons to go vegetarian

Today is World Vegetarian Day so I just had to write about why you should be a veggie!

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to have a meat-free day today, why not try another day this week? World Vegetarian Week runs from the 1st – 7th October 2020.

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Water conservation

Did you know that ONE chicken breast takes over 542 litres of water? That can fill over 6 baths!

Less resistance to antibiotics

Due to the number of animals in a small space, they are given lots of antibiotics to fight infections. However, farmers have given animals too much which means that they are now becoming resistant to them. This means that it is reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics to people too.

Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems

85% of fisheries are overexploited. The rainforest loses a massive amount of trees, to give space for cattle ranches. Trees are a vital part of our ecosystems.

Reduce the expanding environmental pollution

Livestock farms emit more greenhouse gases than cars and trucks in the world combined. Furthermore, cows are one of the most significant contributors to climate change.

Moral reasons

Animals are slaughtered every day! If that doesn’t make you stop eating meat then I don’t know what will…

Animals have feelings – just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean that they don’t have emotions.

Contribute to helping the world’s hunger issue

Growing grains and other crops to feed animals is a really inefficient way of making food. It’s much easier to eat corn/wheat from the plant instead of feeding it to an animal for you to then eat.

Farming animals requires SO much energy so you will also be conserving fossil fuels by going vegetarian.

Health

There are multiple health advantages to go vegetarian.

The percentage of suffering from cardiovascular disease is much lower and you are 25% less likely to die from that disease.

Additionally, your risk of getting cancer is reduced. This is because animals are given hormones which can increase the likelihood of getting cancer.

Variety of foods

There are SO many meat alternatives, that in my opinion, taste much better than meat did.

I will never get fed up of Quorn – it tastes exactly like chicken nuggets, I honestly don’t think you would be able to tell the difference.

I also love Linda McCartney sausages, halloumi, eggs and lentils.

Fun fact – I first tried Linda McCartney sausages when I wasn’t a vegetarian and they were so nice that I never went back to pork sausages and they are part of the reason why I went full vegetarian 🙂

You won’t be missing anything by going vegetarian.

Some of the info I used was from EcoWatch

Best wishes, Cx

Caroline

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14 Comments

  1. Very nice post 👍🏻👍🏻 I too have quited non veg for some of the reasons you have mentioned 😀

    1. So glad! <3

  2. This is great! Thank you for sharing this. Lately, I’ve been thinking about going vegan or vegetarian. I’m currently trying to adopt the vegetarian lifestyle as a first step plus, I’ve been going days without eating meat.
    Thanks for this great post ❤️

    1. Aw yay – that’s great!! x

  3. Great post! We’ve been finding this around lately https://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guide/chicken-of-the-woods/ – it’s surprisingly chickeny!

    1. Although it’s so long since I’ve eaten chicken that I suppose I might not be the best judge :’D

      1. Hahaha

    2. Oooh, that looks cool! x

  4. Been vegetarian for 15 years. Aside from eating foods full of sugar I like to think I’m pretty darn healthy! Great post.

    1. Thank you for reading x

  5. A family history of heart problems along with a love for animals finally persuaded me to try to go vegetarian. I had until this point in my life found eating meat as being a chore. I am in my 2nd year of eating a plant based diet, and can honestly admit that the only thing I find hard is when I pass a restaurant and smell bacon being fried.

    1. I get you, the hardest thing for me is Christmas Day evening when my parents are having turkey or sausage sandwiches – it smells so good!

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