Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Reasons not to Eat Meat - Growth Hormones

In an effort to produce more animals at an increased rate for human consumption, many animals have been treated with growth hormones so that they can be raised and slaughtered at an expedited rate. At the same time this  leads us to consider how these animals are raised and treated for this purpose.

The fact of the matter is that if many people saw how many of these animals were raised, they would become vegetarians on the spot. For example, egglaying chickens are often raised with six to a cage. Each chicken only receives about 67 square inches of space. These chickens are also generally treated with growth hormones as well as antibiotics to increase growth rate and decrease disease.

Free-range and certified organic chickens may receive more spacious conditions and are not fed hormones or antibiotics.

This brings us to another point. After you handle chickens it is suggested that you use bleach to clean the surfaces so that you remove bacteria. Also, chicken must be cooked at certain temperatures and for a certain period of time to ensure that you will not catch any food-borne illnesses. It does not seem wise to eat anything that has to be handled with such care.

From chickens, you can easily move into how cattle are treated. First you mustconsider dairy cattle. Dairy cattle are often given hormones that stimulate their reproductive processes so that it continues to produce milk. A cow will only produce milk after she has given birth. They often live in cramped conditions and as soon as they calve, male calves are sent to become veal while females are raised to produce milk. The hormones that the cows receive cause the cow to produce ten times more milk than they would ordinarily. At the same time, they are hooked up to electric pumps, which cause irritation to the cow’s udders.

After a certain age, we really don’t need to consume milk. At the same time, we are not designed to drink cow milk, but human milk. We don’t milk pregnant women do we? Just like our bodies were not designed to eat milk, we were not designed to drink cow milk and digest those proteins either. You can receive just as much and more calcium from green, leafy vegetables.

Many people, even by those people who eat meat regularly, have viewed the veal industry negatively. The veal industry is cruel no matter who you are and how you look at it. The calves are taken from their mothers after they are about one day old. They are then kept in pens that prevent them from moving so that their muscle tissue stays soft and tender. The calves are then fed a liquid, often containing beer, that is deficient in iron and fiber. This causes anemia in the animal and produces the pale meat. At about 20 weeks, the calf is then slaughtered.

Turkeys are also produced in an inhumane manner. The consumption of turkey has become very popular over the past few decades and it is eaten for more than just holidays. Turkeys are more aggressive birds so they are kept in a confined and dark area to discourage their aggressive behavior. They are then overfed until their legs cannot support the weight of their body. This is because Americans want the largest turkey breast they can get for their holiday celebrations. Naturally and wildly, a turkey may live up to 10 years. These turkeys are slaughtered at 2 years of age. They also suffer from foot and leg deformities, heat stress and starvation. Approximately 2.7 million turkeys die each year due to the abnormal stress and disease of this process.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Different Types of Vegetarian

Whatever your reasons are for becoming a vegetarian, there are four different types of vegetarians and you can choose the type that you want to be. There are many different types of vegetarians, as some people are not able to give up all animal products completely. The four types are:
• Lacto Vegetarians: This diet consists of no animal products or eggs.They do eat dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

• Ovo-Vegetarians
: This diet consists of no animal or dairy, but they do eat eggs.

• Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians: This diet consists of no animal products, but they do eat dairy and eggs.

• Vegan: This diet consists of plant-based foods, which means that it excludes all animal products including dairy, eggs, meat and even honey.

If you haven’t figured out what type of vegetarian you are going to be, it’s okay. It takes time and experimentation with different recipes to figure out what you can’t live without in your diet. For example, some people can’t live without milk and eggs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Vegetarian Lactose Free Diet

A Lactose intolerance is when a person cannot drink milk or eat foods that contain milk products. Usually it is not the milk itself but the the milk proteins (lactose) that cause the allergy.

It is the lactose in the milk that the body’s digestive system cannot process and causes the body to become ill when it cannot digest it. Before it was discovered that children and adults had an intolerance to lactose products many just had to suffer or do without any kind of milk or milk substitutes at all.

If you are a vegetarian and you discover that you have a lactose intolerance you will need to follow a vegetarian lactose free diet.

With the many studies and results of the studies about lactose intolerance; there are many different kinds of milk products that can replace milk and milk products without causing the reaction like cow milk did in the past.

Lactose allergies are no longer a stressful thing and lactose intolerance or allergies do not have to be painful or cause illness any longer. There are plenty of lactose free recipes and dishes for people who suffer with this condition.

You can find many vegetarian lactose free diet recipes and allergy free cookbooks right here on the internet if you search for them.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

What is PETA?

Many vegetarians are such not just because they realize it is healthy, but for the case of animal welfare as well. For many people, being a vegetarian is a part of a moral and ethical decision to not eat animal products. Throughout the many centuries we have domesticated animals, we have come to believe that we are superior to them. We use animals for a wide variety of uses other than food including clothing, shoes, belts and coats. They have also been used for scientific experiments, although many companies are trying to move away from this type of testing.

So what does PETA Stand for? PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is an organization that is devoted to changing the mindset of people when it comes to animals. They are against using animals for anything from food to clothing and they are particularly against trapping for fur.

PETA is extremely passionate for their cause, almost to an extent of being outrageous. However, their cause is noble in that they believe animals have rights and deserve that their best interests be taken into consideration. They seek to have people realize that animals can suffer and that they have an interest in leading their own lives as animals. They believe that as a society we need to re-evaluate our place on earth and where we fit in with the other animal inhabitants of the world.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

You are What You Eat!

The expression “you are what you eat” has been heard numerous times and it is often used in advertisements. But, if you really think about what this means, you really start to think twice about your diet.

A good example of a person being what they eat can be seen in your blood plasma. Your blood plasma is clear liquid, but after eating a fast food hamburger your blood plasma becomes cloudy with fat and cholesterol. This is what your body absorbs after eating a high-fat hamburger.

Inversely, you also become what you don’t eat. When you switch from eating a lot of meat to eating a vegetarian based diet, you lose fat. You are also less prone to various cancers and diseases. Your cholesterol can also improve.

When you are lean and eating less meat products, you find that many of your health and fitness problems go away. The risk of Type II diabetes is also reduced. Blood pressure falls into normal ranges as well. When you’re healthier, you also do not have to take fewer medications.

If you have a family history of high cholesterol or blood pressure, then you are particularly dependent on what you eat and it is easier for you to become what you eat. Moving towards a vegetarian diet can reduce the incidence if numerous diseases. Vegetarians are also statistically healthier.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

When Did Humans Start Eating Meat?

Necessity is the mother of invention and prehistoric men who lived in frozen areas ate anything that they could to survive. The prehistoric man had to eat meat in order to survive. This would be the first time that they had ever eaten meat.

This changed the way people would eat and health forever.

The first meat that was eaten would have been cooked by fire that was natural started by natural forest fires. Without fire, they could have possibly eaten raw meat as well.

The digestive system most likely rebelled to eating the raw meat, but as they became adjusted meat became a part of their regular diets.

You may have heard of people who have lived vegetarian lives for a long period of time and then became violently ill afterwards. This is similar to what prehistoric men would have gone through. Biologists will tell you that we are not really designed to digest meat, but that we have adapted to it over time.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Diabetic Vegetarian Recipes

If you are a diabetic and a vegetarian you will need to think extra carefully about your diet and plan it well to that you have an enjoyable and healthy diet. With careful thought diabetic vegetarian recipes needn't be boring.

Diabetic recipes are for people who cannot eat sugar and a-lot of foods with natural sugar in them. Some diabetics cannot even eat starchy foods that turn into sugars. Eating sugary foods will cause the diabetic to become very ill.

Diabetic vegetarian recipes are, made with all the ingredients except meat, fish, sugar and sugary foods. The recipes use sugar substitutes in the place of real sugar. However, some diabetic recipes call for other kinds of substitutes as well.

Vegetarian Diabetic recipes help vegetarian diabetics enjoy more foods and much more variety. You can even find recipes are for things like, fudge, cake and ice creams, there are even vegetarian diabetic recipes for pecan pies that no one can tell are sugar free.

Some main dishes and beverages even call for or use sugar in them. Vegetarian Diabetic recipes can provide you with great tasting drinks and suggest sugar substitutes for the main dishes too. Almost anything can be, made sugar free to taste great if you have the right recipes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Allergy Free Vegetarian Recipes

Allergy free vegetarian recipes are more readily available now than they were in the past. The reason is that there was not a lot of research into food allergies and intolerance of certain foods. However, it has been, discovered that many people in the world do in fact suffer with food allergies daily.

Allergy free vegetarian recipes make it possible for vegetarian people with allergies to certain foods to eat great tasting meals and dishes. They can eat great healthy foods without having a reaction or becoming ill as in the past.

This makes a big difference to a-lot of people because people love to eat great tasting foods of all kinds. Vegetarian allergy free recipes are the same as regular recipes except for the fact that the allergy free foods use different ingredients. If a recipe calls for cows’ milk and you are allergic to the cows’ milk then the allergy free recipe will use a different ingredient.

This will not alter the taste of the dish and the dish will still have the same great texture and appeal that it did if it were, made with the cows’ milk in it. Every person is different even though some people are allergic to the same things like milk, eggs, and gluten. Each person may have a different intolerance to the ingredient.

One person may feel a little pain or pressure after eating a food that contains cows’ milk and another person may have a full-blown allergic reaction to the milk. This type reaction could be vomiting, or breathing problems.

If you are a vegetarian with allergies your life needn't be boring as there are plenty allergy free vegetarian recipes available.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Should I Stop Eating Fish?

Some vegetarians are actually pescatarians, which means that although they do not eat meat, they still eat fish. If you are a pescatarian you may be wondering "Should I stop eating Fish"? If you did this you would be a true vegetarian.

Seafood and shellfish can be a part of a healthy diet as Fish contain a lot of
nutrients that we don’t get from other meats.

They contain a high-quality protein, essential nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and it is low in saturated fat.

However, eating fish has its disadvantages as well. Fish often contain mercury. These levels are not usually bad enough to hurt us, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women, especially pregnant women, and young children to avoid certain types of fish and shellfish.

This is because some fish have high levels of mercury that are not safe for these
people to eat. Eliminating fish from your diet is usually the last step in going
towards a complete vegetarian diet.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What did our Ancestors Eat?

Do you ever wonder what our ancestors ate and how far we have diverted in our eating habits? Originally, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers and were not omnivores. They did not eat animals. When you look at predators and carnivorous animals you can see that they have teeth designed to rip and tear.

Their teeth are not designed for chewing. Animals that are designed for chewing like herbivores have flat teeth that are designed to breakdown food. Humans evolved from creatures that were vegetarian. The digestive systems were not designed for eating and digesting meat.

Eating meat is a fairly recent development in human history. It is believed that humans began to eat meat because they couldn’t find the natural foods they were used to eating. They might have assumed that eating meat would help to sustain their meat.

Initially, we were similar to creatures that evolved from animals like herbivore apes. These apes looked similar to man and walked upright with their arms and hands. They naturally foraged for food and ate roots, berries, fruits and nuts.

They also lived moment to moment constantly foraging for food. Hunting requires thought and eating meat required fire. Until fire was discovered, man primarily ate vegetables and fruits. Vegetarian eating is a natural form of eating and much healthier.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gluten Free Vegetarian Diet

In this post we'll talk about a gluten free vegetarian diet.

Around 1% of the population have celiac (coeliac) disease, which is an auto immune disease where the body attacks itself whenever gluten is ingested. In addition to people with celiac disease, there are also many people who have a gluten intolerance. This simply means that the person’s body or digestive system cannot tolerate the product or ingredient called gluten in foods.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It is present in many products including beer, soups, sauces, stock cubes, cakes, biscuits, candy and many more.

Now if your body or digestive track has difficulty breaking down the substance gluten you will develop an intolerance to the ingredient. Therefore, when you eat or consume gluten you will most likely has discomfort or pain. You may even be quite uncomfortable or become ill. The reason is that your body has to work harder to try to rid itself of what ever is making the ill feeling or the discomfort.

If you discover that you have celiac disease or you are gluten intolerant, the only solution is a life long gluten free diet. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian this is going to mean that you are on a vegan or vegetarian gluten free diet, which is going to be much more restrictive than you are used to.

The good news is, you should start to see your symptoms ease quite quickly after starting the gluten free diet and you still eat lots of healthy foods such as:

- all fruits
- all vegetables
- all pure herbs
- all spices
- corn, maize, rice and other gluten free grains

You will find it hard to eat out or to buy convenience foods on a vegetarian gluten free diet, but you can still make delicious food at home and you will be much healther as a result.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Can a Vegetarian Diet Help You to Avoid Cancer?

Vegetarianism has also been show to reduce the incidence of certain types of cancer. These diets are low in saturated fat, high in fiber and contain phytochemicals, which protect from cancer. Several large studies in both England and Germany have shown that vegetarians, when compared to meat eaters, have about a 40% less chance of developing cancer as compared to meat-eaters. Seventh-Day Adventists are largely lacto-ovo vegetarians, have been known to have a reduced cancer risk because they tend to avoid meat.

In China, it has been found that they have similar reduced breast cancer rates due to the amount of vegetables that they eat. In contrast, Japanese women tend to eat more meat and are eight times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Meat and dairy consumption has been linked to various other cancer including:

• Colon cancer
• Prostate cancer
• Ovarian cancer

In studies done by Harvard on several thousand women, it has been found that those who regularly consume meat increase their chances of colon cancer by 300%. These high fat diets that many people consume also cause the body to produce excess estrogen. This increase has been linked to an increase chance for breast cancer. They have also found that breast cancer rates are one third higher in premenopausal women who eat mostly meat diets.

Cambridge University has also linked meat diets with high levels of saturated fat to breast cancer. They have linked dairy products to an increased risk of ovarian cancers as the process of breaking down lactose may damage the ovaries. In men, prostate enlargement has been linked to meat consumption and the risk triples.

Other studies have linked an increase in white blood cell production to vegetarianism as well. These cells are required in fending off bacteria, infection and disease. Thus, the immune system is stronger when a vegetarian diet is consumed.

Can a Vegetarian Diet Prevent heart Disease?

Can a Vegetarian Diet Prevent heart Disease?

High levels of blood fats are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and researchers have found that men who eat meat six or more times per week double their chances of developing heart disease.

Also, Middle-aged men are more likely to suffer from fatal heart attacks. Women are protected by their hormones for the majority of their life, but older women are prone to develop heart disease later in life. Older women who are vegetarian have been shown to have a lower risk of heart disease.

In 1982, British researchers did a study on more than 10,000 vegetarians and meat eaters. They found that the more meat that was consumed, the greater the risk of heart attack. They also found that by eliminating meat from your diet, you are reducing your consumption of fats and cholesterol that are damaging to the heart. At the same time, however you must be careful not to compensate for not eating meat by consuming too much milk and eggs, as this can negate the benefits.

To gain all of the benefits of vegetarianism and help to prevent heart disease, your intake of cream cheese, ice cream, hard cheese and eggs should be moderate. The introduction of more veggies, fruits and raw foods will enhance your benefits.