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Why do vegetarians not eat meat, different reasons???


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Why don't vegetarians eat meat? This is something I have kind of been curious about. I wanted to ask if it was for health reasons, religous reasons, or disgusted of meat?? Also I have heard of some vegetarians that do eat eggs, mayo, cheese, yogurt, and some that also may eat fish (possible chicken)?? Can you be a vegetarian and still eat any of these products? Also do you take any vitamins which replace the protein and other vitamins/minerals lost in not eating meat. I know of 2 people who are vegetarians from different reasons and both developed breast cancer in there 50's which I have always read can happen from lack of meat so I don't know if that is true and I also heard that some actress developed Breast Cancer also from not eating meat. I have a friend in her 50's who is indian and she is not suppose to eat meat because of her religion but she does eat it sometimes. She eats Salmon and turkey on occassion and cheese too.... She never eats Beef or Pork (especially pork) she sais she gets sick from smelling bacon.

 Well she just got breast cancer and is fighting that now. She is thin and excercises and very healthy and looks much younger then she is.... It is weird because I had told her the things I heard about cancer before she got it.. I do have a great Aunt that got breast cancer and she eats meat !!! She survived and is doing fine. I just wonder how healthy being a vegetarian is.

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Every vegetarian will have a different reason for not eating meat. Could be moral/ethical reasons, health reasons, environmental, taste/texture aversion, basic preference or simply not wanting to. People who eat chicken or fish are not vegetarians. Some vegetarians eat dairy/eggs, some don't, it's a preference choice. You can't take "protein vitamins". Hopefully most vegetarians aim to get enough protein from their food sources, however some don't feel that worrying about protein is an issue. There aren't any other vitamins or minerals you can't get from eating a vegetarian diet, except maybe B12 but that can be fortified in milks or cereals. Vegetarianism is not associated with breast cancer: correlation does not imply causation. If you're scared of getting breast cancer from not eating meat then eat meat, don't imply that all vegetarians are going to die from breast cancer in their 50s.

correlation does not imply causation.

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I didn't imply or mean to imply that all vegetarians get breast cancer from not eating meat. I also said my great Aunt got it and she always ate meat  but it does vary. I personally believe that it can however be associated with breast cancer. I know for a fact that not all vegetarians get breast cancer or they would be eating meat. I personally think that some do, from what I have personally seen so many times. I have also been told by a few friends that they became vegetarians in there later adult life (for different reasons). I think Pork is especially bad for the body and secondly beef if eaten a lot. I eat beef a few times a month tops and fish and chicken every few days. Another guy friend I had was always feeling tired and (sick) sometimes occassion. He went to the dr and he asked do you eat meat and he said no and he said start eating meat and he did start feeling much better. I like Peanut Butter and then beans sometimes also for protein, I crave it sometimes when I haven't had meat in a few days. I feel like my body must have meat to function, I guess for protein, etc and other nutrients you can't get from other foods.

I really really don't see what the point of that was at all.

Original Post by brandy681:

Why don't vegetarians eat meat?

Because, by the definition of vegetarian, it refers to someone who does not eat meat.  Laughing

May also have something to do with denying the evolutionary nature of homo sapiens. 

Hmmm... This post doesn't make any sense and does not seem to have a point.

Every woman I know who's gotten breast cancer has been a meat eater. By your logic, eating meat must therefore cause breast cancer.

You asked the question and listed a bunch of the answers in the first two sentances.  Basically, all the reasons you've said and more are reasons people are vegetarians.  For me, it started out for health reasons combined with a love for animals.  But now, after nearly a month vegetarian, I can't stand the smell of meat. 

There is absolutely no proof that a vegetarian diet causes breast cancer.  Follow the link at the bottom of my comment. The study found a positive correlation between calories from animals and breast cancer and a negative correlation between animal protein consumption and breast cancer.  But none of us here say eating meat causes breast cancer.  As laur3nmae points out, correlation does not mean causation.

http://www.vegsource.com/harris/cancer_vegdie t.htm

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I didn't eat meat when I was little. My mom thought it was bad for babies and young children (idk if it really is or not). When I was five I started eating a little meat, mainly fish sticks and McDonald's McNuggets (lol). Shortly before my sixth birthday I went to a friends sleepover birthday party and we had bacon in the morning. I thought it was The Best Thing Ever. When my mom asked what I wanted for my birthday breakfast of course I said bacon, and I got it. As I was about to eat it, however, she asked if I knew where it came from. I figured it came from a plant, like the leaf of a tree fried in oil or something. (That's what it looked like.) WRONG! "It comes from pigs, silly!" My fork clattered to my plate and I haven't eaten meat since. True story. :)

Pork, the other white meat.  Nothing wrong with a good lean cut of pork loin...

I personally don't eat meat because I do not like the thought of eating a dead animal! Plus, I've always loved animals and have't got the heart to eat them.

Many people have different reasons for not eating meat. You'll find a lot of people just simply love animals, or can't stomach eating it. There are many types of vegetarians with different names. Vegetarians CAN eat eggs/dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, milk, etc. Vegetarians just do not eat animals. Vegans, however, do not eat ANYTHING related to an animal, such as the list above like cheese, milk, etc. You'll find most vegans and vegetarians do take vitamin tablets, like myself

For some reason and it's been going round for quite some time now most people seem to think vegetarians eat fish. Well, they're wrong. A fish is still or 'was' a living creature so if vegetarians do eat fish, then they're somewhat a 'fake' vegetarian. There ARE other sorts of vegetarians that do eat fish but it is not under the definition of a 'vegetarian'. It's under the name of 'pescatarian' which is basically those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Basically do not eat any other animal but fish. The name isn't commonly known, but that is the meaning and those who do not eat meat but only fish ARE NOT technically a vegetarian.

There are a lot of religious reasons why people do not eat meat too. Also, health reasons, etc.

As we all know not eating meat CAN make one weak and thin. But hey, that's what the vitamins are for.

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As we all know not eating meat CAN make one weak and thin. But hey, that's what the vitamins are for.

Yikes.  If you are a vegetarian you might want to do a lot more nutritional research before you go around saying stuff like this.  You can get all of your nutrition easily from a vegetarian diet - without vitamins!  And I'm not sure what would be in a vitamin tablet that would make you strong and not thin anyway.  Most people think that veg diets don't have enough protein (to build muscle), which, although not true, isn't going to come from a vitamin tablet.

I'm not a vegetarian but I only eat meat... like once a week at most...

I choose to not eat meat too often because of environmental issues... and I don't really feel the need to eat meat when I can get protein elsewhere. I thought it would be really hard not to eat meat, but I haven't had too much trouble with it. I always wanted to try being a vegetarian and was for a short time, but its hard to avoid at all times/and sometimes I do need more quick protein. But most of the time... not so much!

I usually don't eat pork at all... it's a bit ridiculous but I don't like eating animals with higher intelligence.. or bigger animals... haha. I usually eat chicken/bird and fish if I do eat meat at all. The higher intelligence thing is from people eating dogs and people arguing what's the difference between that and eating cows etc. I know pigs have a very high intelligence so I just made a point not to eat them to argue with people. ahahaha.

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I'm going to be honest.

I did not want to become a vegetarian.

I enjoyed the taste of meat, and while I didn't like how animals were treated, I wasn't moved enough to change my diet.

And then I saw the documentary Food Inc.

And I have not eaten meat since. The way they prepare that stuff is just sickening, so that is why I am a vegetarian.

Original Post by brandy681:

Why don't vegetarians eat meat? This is something I have kind of been curious about. I wanted to ask if it was for health reasons, religous reasons, or disgusted of meat?? Also I have heard of some vegetarians that do eat eggs, mayo, cheese, yogurt, and some that also may eat fish (possible chicken)?? Can you be a vegetarian and still eat any of these products? Also do you take any vitamins which replace the protein and other vitamins/minerals lost in not eating meat. I know of 2 people who are vegetarians from different reasons and both developed breast cancer in there 50's which I have always read can happen from lack of meat so I don't know if that is true and I also heard that some actress developed Breast Cancer also from not eating meat. I have a friend in her 50's who is indian and she is not suppose to eat meat because of her religion but she does eat it sometimes. She eats Salmon and turkey on occassion and cheese too.... She never eats Beef or Pork (especially pork) she sais she gets sick from smelling bacon.

 Well she just got breast cancer and is fighting that now. She is thin and excercises and very healthy and looks much younger then she is.... It is weird because I had told her the things I heard about cancer before she got it.. I do have a great Aunt that got breast cancer and she eats meat !!! She survived and is doing fine. I just wonder how healthy being a vegetarian is.

Because eating meat shortens human's life span. It also contributes to global warming. Human beings were meant to eat fresh fruit, vegetables, and grains.  Not meat. This  is obvious because people get sick from eating meat and plants cure diseases.

 And even when i did eat meat, i never ate pork and rarely ate beef. I ate chicken and seafood mostly. It wasn't a difficult transition.

By following the vegan lifestyle, I lowered my cholesterol by 180 points.  IMHO, the change has also warded off Crohn's disease, IBS, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which plague my family.  I am the only vegan in my family.  I am also the only one who does not have to take daily medications for these diseases.

The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD is an excellent source of information about animal protein and cancer.

Meetyourmeat.com is an excellent source of information about the meat/egg/dairy industries in the United States. 

My transition was made easy when I learned that the majority of the animals that we glean meats and byproducts from are sickly and unhealthy.

I've been a vegetarian for 13 years.

I chose to become vegetarian because my animal rights activism led me to some startling research about the treatment of animals farmed for meat. It is enough to break your heart.

In addition the meat industry and recently fishing industries are destroying our beautiful planet.

I also believe it is healthier ... as I said I have been a vegetarian for quite a while, since a teenager and I have never had any health problems related to my diet at all. I have never had to take vitamins or supplements and I lead (when motivated) a fairly active lifestyle. (I joined this website because of my terrible addiction to crisps and chocolate ;)

There is nothing to be afraid of, if you choose this lifestyle. Either way: live and let live.

Originally when I was 15, I started to figure out the amounts of fat, cholesterol, etc, that was in my food. My friend and I decided not eating meat may help us keep our weight down, and after a few months I felt great (be wary of late-night snacking on bagettes eep)! As well I had heard wind of animals being beaten and such for our food, which didn't exactly settle in my stomach very well. My vegetarian ethics were confirmed when Peta started releasing their videos and in recent years, more exposure to the horrors of the animal farms. As I did more research, I became more and more attached to PETA and anything really that supports ending animal cruelty. So now, at 19, it is no longer for dietary reasons (although yes I'll admit it comes with a few perks!) but for the interest of the animals and environment. It sickens me to think of the things people are doing to other beings for money. Not a sufficient sacrifice.

Very likely a future vegetarian here.  I love animals and getting sick and tired and disgusted with myself for eating them.  Every time I eat meat I feel ashamed.  Just need the willpower to stop.

 

I was called at 10 years old to vegetarianism. My parents were big carnivores and no-one in our social circle was a vegetarian, plus we lived in a rural town where everyone ate meat at every meal. So I would say I was meant to be a vegetarian. I just decided one day that I didn't want to eat animals that were killed. Now I'm 48 and I have always been vegetarian.

There are many types of vegetarians, some eat dairy, some eat fish, some don't eat dairy and won't wear clothing made from animals. Some do it for health reason, others for political.

I have never had a problem with getting enough protein or my iron levels. I think that is because I became one so young. If you love diverse foods like Indian, Mexican, Thai for example - then you will quickly see how many choices there are for vegetarians.

As for the link to breast cancer, I'm not a cancer specialist but I've heard the opposite - usually a vegetarian diet is recommended but I'd check with the experts.

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Original Post by haylien:

As we all know not eating meat CAN make one weak and thin. But hey, that's what the vitamins are for.

Yikes.  If you are a vegetarian you might want to do a lot more nutritional research before you go around saying stuff like this.  You can get all of your nutrition easily from a vegetarian diet - without vitamins!  And I'm not sure what would be in a vitamin tablet that would make you strong and not thin anyway.  Most people think that veg diets don't have enough protein (to build muscle), which, although not true, isn't going to come from a vitamin tablet.

Um, yeah. I don't eat meat OR take supplements (get evrything I need from plants) and I'm not weak or thin. Lean, yeah. But not weak or thin.

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