Myth # 1: Meat is tasty and you can’t live without it (eat almost twice weekly)
Answer: A veggie burger is equally tasty and similar in protein content to a hamburger. But the veggie burger has a third as much fat and contains zero cholesterol, fewer calories, and more fiber. yogurt are delicious and full of healthy probiotic.
You can similarly try homemade vegetable or bean soups, pizza with soy cheese and mock sausage, burritos, spaghetti, muffin, pasta w/ tomato sauce, oatmeal w/ fruit, cereal w/ fruit, salad w/ tofu + nuts, and fruit smoothie.
Myth # 2: If I stop eating meat, I will feel weak. Meat gives us rich dietary fiber that no other food can give and is thus good for our body.
Answer: It is just an incorrect notion in the mind. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “It is very easy to have a well-balanced diet with vegetarian foods. Vegetarian foods provide plenty of protein. Any normal variety of plant foods provides more than enough protein for the body’s needs. A vegetarian menu is life-extending.
Although there is less protein in a vegetarian diet than a meat-eater’s diet, this is actually an advantage. Excess protein has been linked to kidney stones, osteoporosis, and possibly heart disease and some cancers. A diet focused on beans, whole grains and vegetables contain adequate amounts of protein without the ‘overdose’ most meat-eaters get.”
- Calcium is easy to find in a vegetarian diet. Many dark, green leafy vegetables and beans are loaded with calcium, and some orange juices and cereals are calcium-fortified.
- Iron is plentiful in whole grains, beans, and fruits.
- Folate is abundant in spinach, broccoli, legumes, orange juice, walnuts, and asparagus.
- B6 is plentiful in whole grains, soy foods, peanuts, walnuts, bananas, and avocados.
- Fortified cereals, grains, orange juice, and soy or rice milk are healthful foods that provide Vitamin D.
- Vegetables are packed with nutrients; they provide vitamin C, beta-carotene, riboflavin and other vitamins, iron, calcium, and fiber. Dark green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, collard, kale, mustard and turnip greens, chicory or bok chow are especially good sources of these important nutrients. Dark yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin provide extra beta-carotene.
- Legumes, which are another name for beans, peas, and lentils, are all good sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins. This group also includes chickpeas, baked and retried beans, soy milk, tofu, tempeh and textured vegetable protein.
- Citrus fruits, melons, and strawberries are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
Myth # 3: Meat is essential to build muscles, become strong, and do bodybuilding.
Answer: It is just in our mind, in our psyche, but nothing like that. Some people say you must eat fish and meat for protein but if you have the proper balance of protein you are fine without it.
Horses have so much power, they have so much protein and they are vegetarian. Elephants are vegetarian. What power elephants have! You can’t even imagine. Bulls are vegetarian.
We say horsepower. Power is always measured by the horse. Horses just eat grass and green grams.
If the world did not purchase and consume meat, there would be none to slaughter and offer meat for sale. Are you STILL THINKING?
Myth # 4: Only one person deciding not to eat meat in the future will not work wonders. There are many people around the world who are still eating and relishing meat at this time.
Answer: Your efforts may look like a drop in the ocean but every drop counts. For the sake of the planet, we will have to reduce the consumption of non-vegetarian food.
One kg of meat is equivalent to the meals of 400 people. If only 10% of the world’s population become vegetarians, the threat of higher world temperatures and hence global warming or Greenhouse Effect would be vastly diminished. The methane gas that is produced in the slaughterhouses is so much responsible for global warming.
Three times more fossil fuels must be burned to produce a meat-centered diet than for a meat-free diet. It takes nearly 78 calories of fossil fuel (oil, natural gas, etc.) energy to produce one calorie of beef protein and only 2 calories of fossil fuel energy to produce one calorie of soybean.
If every human ate a meat-centered diet, the world’s known oil reserves would last a mere 13 years. They would last 260 years if humans stopped eating meat altogether. That is 20 times longer, giving humanity ample time to develop alternative energy sources.
Scientists like Albert Einstein were vegetarian. For a healthy body and lightness in mind, a vegetarian diet is the best.
According to Mansahara Parihasajalpita Stotram, “Those who eat the flesh of other creatures are nothing less than gristle-grinders, blood-drinkers, muscle-munchers, sinew-chewers, carcass-crunchers, and flesh-feeders. They make their throat a garbage pit and their stomach a graveyard.”
Myth # 5: Meat eating is good for those who keep their lifestyle active (do exercises, etc.), as they are able to digest it and thus stay away from likely diseases.
Answer: Even if you keep your active lifestyle, meat eating is not good. This is because our body is made for a vegetarian diet. Every sign of human physiology is made for a vegetarian diet.
- We have a substance called ptyalin in our saliva. Ptyalin is a protein that breaks down the insoluble starch found in foods into smaller, soluble sugar fragments. It helps in the digestion and is only present in the herbivorous animals. We don’t find that in lions, wolves, or tigers. In the absence of ptyalin, carnivorous animals cannot predigest starches.
- Herbivorous animals have long intestine, we too have a long intestine. Lions don’t have that, dogs don’t have that.
- We don’t have the type of teeth which carnivorous animals have. Carnivorous have long teeth and claws for holding and killing prey; vegetarian animals have short teeth and no claws. We have the same type of teeth like monkeys, our immediate ancestors, cows, and elephants (the teeth inside the mouth of an elephant are like ours).
- Carnivorous do not sweat through their skin; body heat is controlled by rapid breathing and extrusion of the tongue. Vegetarian animals, on the other hand, have sweat pores for heat control and the elimination of impurities.
- Flesh-eating animals secrete large quantities of hydrochloric acid to help dissolve bones; vegetarian animals secrete little hydrochloric acid.
- The jaws of carnivorous only open in an up and down motion; those of vegetarian animals also move sideways for additional kinds of chewing.
- Carnivorous must lap liquids (like a cat); vegetarian animals take liquids in by suction through the teeth.