VEGETARIAN – SHOULD YOU BE A VEGETARIAN?
By: Dr. Barry D. Shapiro
Vegetarians do not eat meat, including red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animals. They may also exclude any byproducts of animals processed for food.
People who are vegetarians usually have lower risk of heart disease. They usually have a lower level of LDL’s, the “bad cholesterol. These diets may help lower blood pressure as well.
It takes knowledge and training to do a vegetarian diet correctly. Not being informed can lead to a decreased level of iron, calcium, vitamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition, since protein is made up of 8 essential amino acids, and all 8 amino acids are not present in most fruits and vegetables, if the combining of foods in a meal does not contain all 8 a protein deficiency can result.
Vegetarians and vegans are not alike. Vegetarians can include vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy products and honey in their diet. However, not all vegetarians include all of these foods. A vegan diet does not include eggs, dairy or honey.
Whether you like to eat meat, want to be vegetarian, or vegan, knowledge is power. Vegetarians can get adequate nutrients from non-meat sources and meat eaters can have a healthy diet. Likewise, improperly applying a vegetarian diet can lead to serious illness just like eating too much meat/protein and too little fruits and veggies can lead to disease.
The bottom line is not what’s in the name, it’s all about what you eat. Whatever your desire or choice, gain some knowledge, apply basic principles, and most of all enjoy what you eat. You can eat to live and still live to eat.
If you or someone you know wants to change or improve your diet, let us see if we can help you as we have helped thousands of others. We can be reached at carrollwoodchiropractic.com or at 813-962-3608.