The Case for Vegetarianism

There is growing confusion surrounding vegetarianism as a lifestyle choice. The decision to change the way we eat is surrounded by facts, fads, and fiction. It’s difficult to keep up with the volume of new information as it emerges and nearly impossible to make sense of it all. Does it have to be this complicated? Probably not.

We should begin by saying that there is no medically compelling reason to become a vegetarian. Our society certainly eats too much meat and the shift to a plant based diet is critical if we are to reverse the current epidemic of chronic disease. There are many ethical reasons to embrace a meat free diet. From commitment to a sustainable life style to concern for the ethical treatment of animals, we can make quite a case for avoiding meat or eliminating it entirely from our diets.

From a health care standpoint vegetarianism does not automatically launch us down the road to great health. There are many vegetarian food choices out there that are far from healthy. Similarly, appropriate quantities of good quality meat can enhance a healthy diet. Now that humanely raised meat choices are available there is less reason to be a strict vegetarian.

The answer lies in individual food choices.