There are many good reasons for choosing a vegetarian lifestyle. Vegetarian food is simple, delicious, creative and easy to prepare. It is packed with vast and varied food choices offering great sources of essential nutrients. The combinations can very easily be adapted to suit different tastes, and vegetarian recipes are available from many sources. A plant-based diet does not only have a positive impact on our own life, but also on the lives of others.
Avoidance of animal cruelty is one of the main reasons why people decide to become vegetarian. For more information on this topic, please visit the website of the Vegetarian Society.
Health & Nutrition
A well-balanced meat-free diet is a healthy choice, often containing less saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, but more essential fiber and antioxidants. Research studies have shown that vegetarians are comparably less affected by obesity, heart disease or high blood pressure. However, as in any other diet a little knowledge is necessary in order to meet your nutritional needs. The following website provides detailed information about health and nutrition: PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
Community & Environment
The needs for producing the products to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle differ from the ones when having to provide meat. It takes less land and efforts to grow vegetables compared to producing meat. As a result, a plant-based diet has a positive effect on global warming, the destruction of forests, pollution of air and water. According to the American organization “Water Footprint Network” more than 15’000 liters of water are used to produce 1 kilo of beef. 30% of the earth’s entire land surface (70% of agricultural land) is used for rearing farmed animals. For more information on this topic, please visit the website of the Vegetarian Society.