Nowadays, people try to find out as many safe ways to protect their health as possible: constant physical trainings, qualified medical services, and less harmful environment are taken into consideration. Still, not all people are aware of how their eating processes may influence their health as well as relations with each other. This is why more attention is recently paid to the ideas of vegetarianism and its positive effects on human life. Though not all people are eager to move toward adopting a vegetarian diet, there are still a number of supporters who want to take a step and improve personal health by means of appropriate diets. Many people from different countries truly believe that their chosen diets are good ways to improve their lives, and it is very important to provide them with information in order to decrease the number of failures and clearly define the expectations.
While some people would consider vegetarian diets do not have a positive impact on human life and human health in particular, it is seems to be interesting to admit that vegetarianism is a powerful means to promote safer environment, improve personal health, and support ethical ideas which are inherent to people’s relations with nature, animals, and other people around. One of the most evident reasons of why vegetarian diets are characterized by positive impacts on human life is all about the environmental conditions under which people have to live. Several investigations prove that “from an environmental perspective, what a person chooses to eat make sense” (Marlow et al. 2009, p. 16995), this is why the attention to the diet may considerably predetermine the quality of human life. Moreover, the less animals are eaten by humans on a daily basis, the more animals may be used to fertilize the land and facilitate the increases of agricultural outputs. In addition to the support of the chosen diet, “Lord Stern of Brentford, former adviser to the government on the economics of climate change, said people will have to consider turning vegetarian to help reduce global carbon emissions” (Batty & Adam 2009, para.
2). While it is hard for many people to reduce the necessity of eat meat-based products and to increase the use of vegetables and other vegetarian products, however, there is a necessity “to reconsider the increasing demand for an animal-based diet” (Marlow et al. 2009, p. 17032) in accordance to which people are the only responsible figures for the ways of how animals and plants may be used in everyday life. It is evident that today’s society has to take as many effective steps as possible and adopt a vegetarian diet in order to promote better environment and protect future generations in some way. To further support the idea of vegetarian diets and identify its positive aspect, it is necessary pay more attention to the ways of how this type of diet may influence human health. It is proved that “the vegetarians live longer and also have an impressively lower incidence of heart disease and a significantly lower rate of cancer than meat-eating” people (Moritz 2007, p. 166).
Moreover, the statistics shows the numbers by means of which it is evident that people who do not eat animal products save their hearts: cardiovascular disease may be developed due to fat and cholesterol that is observed in meat and dairy. In spite of the facts offered, the vast majority of nations, and the Americans take the leading positions in such lists, cannot refuse the desire to eat at fast-food restaurants like McDonalds because they accept such style of life as an integral part, and it is impossible to destroy their interests and preferences even if their health is under consideration. While it seems to be possible to change the traditions and invent something less harmful to protect human health: more attention should be paid to the components of everyday food and more investigations on which alternatives may be used are required; however, it is not right to neglect personal health just in order to be a devoted fan of national traditions. “What we eat is very important for our health” (Mortiz 2007, p. 166), and if vegetarian diets may improve human health, it is obligatory to use this chance and adopt such diets. Finally, the positive aspect of adopting a vegetarian diet may be regarded from a pure ethical point of view: humans find it appropriate to befriend with pets and enjoy the time spend with animals. When a person makes a decision to develop the relations with another human being, it is very important to try to follow a number of principles and rules with the help of which good relations are developed.
Pity, desire to help, devotion, and many other aspects are connected to the relations which are possible to be developed between animals and people, and it is wrong to support the idea of relations and at to eat meat of animals the same time. While many people admit that they do not eat dogs or cats as they befriend with them, and it does not seem to be a kind of sin or wrong action to eat meat products and have pets. However, eating animal meat is still a kind of betrayal from human side, this is why to develop really good relations with animals and be a good friend, there is a need to refuse animal meat and to adopt the idea of vegetarianism.
And society has to adopt this point as soon as possible. Although the idea of vegetarianism is not a new one in today’s society, there are many people who do not find it necessary to refuse the use of animal meat. However, adopting vegetarian diets has a number of positive aspects which have to be considered by people. Vegetarianism is not only about the relationships between animals and people. The ideas of vegetarian diets have much more serious grounds: human health depends on the food used by people and even environment may be considerably improved in case people re-evaluate their food preferences. There are always some ideas and innovations which help to change this life and improve the conditions under which people have to live, and vegetarianism should be considered as one of such brilliant attempts made by people. In general, there are many reasons of why vegetarian diets have to be adopted by today’s society due to the positivism of its effects; and in spite of the fact that some people are not ready to understand how urgent the use of vegetarian food and neglecting of animal meat for a human life could be.
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