Vegetarianism: Government Support and The People

Health Reasons for Vegetarianism
This world of ours is growing smaller while the human eco footprint is growing larger. Nowadays eating meat is becoming a highly inefficient way to fuel the human body.

Governments across the world support the people’s choice in vegetarianism because it is the healthier choice for nutrition.  Vegetarians enjoy a diet of healthy food that includes balanced nutrition and none of the foods that are unhealthy like processed and packaged foods containing excess salt, sugar, and fat.  Studies have shown direct health problems associated with eating meat, so much that insurance companies are beginning to offer discounts for vegetarians.

Britain, China, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all done extensive research studies with large populations. The studies show clear and conclusive evidence that vegetarianism is healthier than a diet containing meat.  Vegetarians have less obesity, diabetes, cancer, and vascular disease as well as reductions in other health risks associated with a diet high in fat and cholesterol.

Vegetarianism and it’s Impact

Government Support in Vegetarianism
Vegetarianism is a personal choice for most people although government research and policy both encourage a healthy diet and exercise regime for maintaining optimum health for as long as possible.  The American Dietetic Association has found that vegetarians have lower morbidity and that heart disease can be arrested with a change to a vegetarian diet.

Great Britain has been encouraging its citizens to eat less meat since 2007, partly over concerns of global warming from the greenhouse gases produced by farm animals.  The government has not passed any legislation but does disseminate information about the health benefits of eating less meat.

Across the world, three countries have banned the sale and consumption of certain or all meat and others have partial bans. The countries that have complete bans on meat are Belgium, Taiwan, and India. The British Parliament recently promoted vegetarianism for health and environmental reasons and the United States has revised its nutrition education programs to include fewer meat proteins.

Other countries are developing policies against the consumption of meat and many local governments have enacted anti-meat legislation. Those that may become vegetarian in the near future include Germany, Netherland, and Tuscany and several others.

Becoming a Vegetarian
Vegetarianism is a lifestyle, the best way to change a lifestyle is one step at a time.  Making small diet changes over a period of time can lead to better nutrition choices and eventually a healthy, meat-free diet that is satisfying and healthy.  Others may choose to switch to a vegetarian diet all at once.

The United States government offers a vegetarian food guide and information of the benefits of a healthy vegetarian diet. The Special Audience Food Pyramids offers information on daily nutritional needs and meal planning.  Learning to eat a balanced vegetarian diet is not difficult but it does require a commitment to the process of learning how to prepare and combine foods to satisfy taste and appetite.

It is important to seek medical advice before making any major diet changes.  A health care professional can assess a client’s current health status and make a referral to a qualified vegetarian nutritionist who can create a diet plan, menus, and food preparation instructions for optimal patient care during the transition from eating meat to eating a vegetarian diet.

With enough benefits to go around, why not consider lightening up on the meat? Some food for thought my friends :)