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                   Why become a vegetarian? 

    In this pamphlet you’ll be bombarded by reasons to become a vegetarian. Of course these health reasons mentioned are important, to you and your family, but there is the mentality that I have seen is, ‘It’s worth some extra pounds to have meat, It’s a necessity!’. But this is not true, as you will see. 
The health reasons alone is a very strong argument but many become vegetarians for much stronger, moral convictions. Have you ever been to a farm, and think that this cute piglet that you see before you will probably be put through intolerable torture and killed? It is a horrifying thought, but what is even more horrifying is that every time you buy meat products you show your support for this! 
    The process for any slaughterhouse is a terrible sight, but the pig “industry” is a particular disgust. The poor creatures are locked in cramped cages, with barely enough room to turn around. Often it is hot enough for the pigs to pass out. They are herded into the slaughterhouse where they are “hog-tied” dangling from the ceiling. Then their executioner comes and slits their throats. What a terrible injustice. 
      Also, in response to what I have heard from different sources, Vegetarians are not what the public seems to have dubbed them. It isn’t a cult, in fact many of us  may believe in the religion you practice. Although many demonstrations have been ridiculed in the public eye, such as a cow-costumed person “pie-ing” Ronald McDonald and people pouring red paint on people wearing fur. Though some of these demonstrations get out of hand, they are non-violent and to the point, (keep in mind the original Ronald is a vegetarian). But  don’t count vegetarianism out as a minute minority, with over 1,000,000 people adopting vegetarian diets every year, it is very much a fact of life. 
 

 
For more information, write to the 
       Vegetarian Awareness 
    Network/VEGANET, P.O. Box 
    321,Knoxville, TN 37901, or call 
          1-800-EAT-VEGE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why
Become a
Vegetarian?
 
An information Packet on why you should make this important decision.
 
 
 
Information 
provided by VEGANET
and PETA-online
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reasons to STOP eating meat

Most common cause of death in the US: Heart Attack 
How often a heart attack strikes in the US: Every 25 sec 
How often a heart attack kills in the US: Every 45 sec 
Risk of DEATH by heart attack by average American man: 50% 
Risk of DEATH by heart attack by average American vegetarian man: 4% 
Amount you reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing your consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs 50%: 45% 
Amount you reduce your risk of heart attack by reducing your consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs 100%: 90% 
Rise in cholesterol level from consuming 1 egg per day:                         12% 
Rise in Heart attack risk from 12% rise in cholesterol          level: 24% 
Meat industries claim there is no reason to be concerned about your cholesterol level if it is “normal”. Your risk of DEATH from a disease caused by clogged arteries if your  cholesterol level is “normal”: 50% 
Hollywood celebrity paid by Meat Board to tout beef as “Real food for real people”: James Garner 
Medical event suffered by James Garner in April 1988: 
Quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery 
World populations with high meat intakes who do not have correspondingly high rates of colon cancer: None 
 World populations with low meat intakes who do not have correspondingly low rates of colon cancer: None 
 Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to women who eat meat less than once a week: 4 times higher 
The meat, dairy and egg industries don't tell us: The diseases which are commonly prevented, consistently improved, and sometimes cured by a low-fat vegetarian diet include : Strokes, Heart disease, Osteoporosis, Kidney stones, Breast cancer, Colon cancer, Prostate cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Ovarian cancer, Cervical cancer, Stomach cancer, Endometrial cancer, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Kidney disease, Peptic ulcers, Constipation, H emorrhoids, Hiatal hernias, Diverticulosis, Obesity, Gallstones, Hypertension, Asthma, Irritable colon syndrome, Salmonellosis, and Trichinosis. 
 

Meatless Myths

Myth: Vegetarians eat chicken and fish. 
Reality: A vegetarian eats no flesh, fowl or fish. 
Myth: Getting enough  protein is a problem for vegetarians. 
Reality: Vegetarian diets--even those without dairy or eggs--easily meet and exceed the RDA for protein. It's nearly impossible to design a diet with a variety of whole foods that is deficient in protein. If you consume enough calories to meet your energy needs, you'll get more than enough 
protein. 
Myth: If a little protein is good, a lot is better. 
Reality: In developed countries, too much protein is a much bigger health threat than too little. Excess protein leads to kidney overload and mineral deficiency diseases, such as 
osteoporosis. 
Myth: Vegetarianism is too complicated. To get quality protein, one must carefully mix and match foods. 
Reality: Research has proven this unnecessary. All whole foods--fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts--contain 
the essential amino acids that are the building blocks of protein. Bananas have complete protein. Check any official food chart listing for amino acid content. 
Myth: Dairy products are necessary for calcium. 
Reality: Total vegetarians not only get enough calcium, they also absorb more calcium than people on the standard 
high-protein diet. Excess protein actually inhibits calcium absorption. Also, calcium requirements for those on lower-protein, plant-based diets are lower. The less protein you eat, the less calcium you require. Most greens are abundant sources of  calcium. 
Myth: Vegetarians don't get enough iron. 
Reality: Vegetarians do not have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than do meat eaters. Beans and leafy greens are especially good sources of iron, better on a per-calorie basis than meat. 
Myth: Vegetarians don't eat a balanced diet. 
Reality: Meat unbalances our diet because it lacks fiber and introduces excessive amounts of fat, cholesterol, hormones and antibiotics. It also interferes with our absorption of crucial nutrients and stresses our 
digestive systems, kidneys and liver. 
Myth: The human anatomy is designed to eat meat. 
 

   Reality: The opposite is true. The small mouth, tooth structure, salivary pH, large stomach, long small intestines and puckered colon of human beings all suggest a physical structure designed for an herbivorous rather than carnivorous diet. Our body structure is much more like that of the vegetarian great apes than that of the meat-eating 
 lions. 
 Myth: Some people have extra nutritional  requirements and need  meat. 
 Reality: A vegetarian diet can be followed by people of all ages--including  infants, children, pregnant women and athletes. Comparative medical and dental studies prove that 
children raised as vegetarians have better teeth and greater freedom from childhood diseases. 
Myth: Nations with the highest per capita meat consumption are the healthiest. 
Reality: Countries with the highest per capita consumption of meat also have the highest incidence of chronic killer diseases. 
Myth: Vegetarians and  non-vegetarians are equally prone to chronic degenerative diseases. 
Reality: Conclusive scientific evidence shows that vegetarians are generally at a lower risk than non-vegetarians for heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and obesity. 
 Myth: Heart disease is irreversible. 
 Reality: Recent medical research demonstrates that   vegetarian diet can help  reverse heart disease. 
 Myth: American men have the same heart attack risk. 
Reality: Risk of death from heart attack for the average American man is 50%, and 4% for total vegetarian men. 
Myth: Vegetarians are weak and lack endurance. 
Reality: Meat is totally lacking in carbohydrates, the most readily usable source of energy. Elephants, horses, apes 
and oxen are vegetarian. So are many famous athletes, such as Hank Aaron, Ridgely Abele, Andreas Cahling, James 
Donaldson, Roy Hilligan, Anton Innauer,  Sixto Linares, Edwin Moses, Paavo Nurmi, Robert Parish, Bill Pearl, Bill 
Pickering, Stan Price, Murray Rose and Dave Scott. 
Myth: Vegetarianism is just a fad. 
Reality: Vegetarianism has been around for thousands of years. Greek philosophers Socrates, Pythagoras and Plato were vegetarians. Other famous vegetarians through history include Ovid, Plutarch, Leonardo da Vinci, Voltaire, Einstein and Gandhi.