Reasons not to be a vegetarian

01May10

This may come as a shock to some, but as much as I tend to rant about illogical and silly reasons people give for not being a vegetarian, I also think there are some good reasons not to be one.

You see, it can be a difficult thing to become a vegetarian or vegan. For starters, certain nutrients (like protein, iron, calcium, and others) become harder to obtain. If you are a person who has a difficult time keeping up with these things, this dietary restriction could actually become detrimental to your health. For example, I knew of a vegetarian once who began to eat ungodly amounts of pasta and cheese after cutting meat out of her diet, rather than actual vegetables and fruits. She actually began to gain weight rapidly and had to quit after a while. Now hopefully, if you decide to go vegetarian, you’ll approach the situation more intelligently than this individual; but even still, vegetarianism is not easy to maintain many times.

For people with certain conditions, such as hypoglycemia or diabetes, attempting a vegetarian diet (or even worse, a vegan diet) is incredibly difficult. Even if you agreed with all of the ethical, environmental, and economic reasons for becoming a vegetarian, it would almost assuredly become damaging to your health at some point. As far as I’m concerned, vegetarianism should never become a risk to an individual, and if it does, they should take a break from it immediately.

In addition to health reasons, becoming a vegetarian can be straining on the relationships you have with those around you. Hopefully your family and friends would be supportive and understanding of your decision, but many times they are not. Choosing to cut meat out of your diet can cause undue stress and hardship to you and to those around you, and I don’t think it would be unreasonable to quit if you find yourself in a situation like this. Many young people who wish to go vegetarian will inevitably wait until they’ve moved out of their parents’ house for exactly this reason.

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