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.