Over the past couple of years, the vegetarian diet has increased in popularity. Many people become vegetarian due to religion/culture or animal testing, but now many vegetarians are changing their ‘food style’ for health Benefits, because it is said it’s a ‘healthier way to eat’ for Many different purposes.
In 2009 3% of the UK were complete vegetarian. Also, in 2014 the NDNS reported that 2.6% of adults were vegetarians and 1.9% of children were vegetarians, although in that same year 12% of British people were either a vegetarian or vegan among people aged 16-24. Additionally the U.K has the 3rd highest rate of vegetarianism in the European Union. However not every vegetarian is perfect because 39% of vegetarians admitted to eating a kebab under the influence of alcohol!
OK so we all get the fact that you can’t eat meat and only eat vegetables but does that mean you are necessarily healthy?
First of all there is a big difference between vegans and vegetarians, a vegetarian is not allowed to eat any meats and a vegan diet is not allowed to eat any sort of meat or products from meat like for example, eggs and butter.
It may come as a surprise but it is said that most in fact all vegans are low in vitamin B12 calcium, iron and zinc which affects their health. However studies have shown that people who are vegan have a less chance of getting type two diabetes which is a good thing.
In my opinion being a vegetarian is a healthier way of life but I couldn’t live without meat. So what’s your opinion VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN?
By Mariam and Fatimah – Year 7