Earlier days, it was believed that non vegetarian diet is superior to vegetarian diet. People used to think that non vegetarian diet provides more strength and it is full of energetic ingredients. This theory attracted many and ultimately a large number of people adopted non vegetarian diet. According to some medical science researchers this concept has changed. According to them vegetarian diet is more useful to human being than non vegetarian diet. The most important difference between vegetarian and non vegetarian diet is that vegetarian foods contains dietary fibers but non vegetarian food lacks fibers. People who take diet rich in dietary fiber have less chances of having diseases like coronary heart disease, cancer of intestinal tract, piles, obesity, diabetes, constipation and gall stone.
Vegetarian diets do not include animal flesh, such as beef, pork, any poultry and not even fish. Vegetables bring exciting flavor and textures to every meal. Vegetable diet contains vitamins, minerals and protective compounds. A vegetable rich diet makes you feel healthy. Making the most of vegetables in main dishes and snacks brings healthy benefits to a person. Vegetables are essential part of a healthy diet. In addition to the beneficial anti oxidants vitamins and mineral present in vegetables, scientists have discovered thousands of different plant chemicals called photo chemical, that are believed to have health giving and health protecting properties.
While the benefits or the advantages of vegetarian diet are many there are also disadvantages of vegetarian diets. The biggest disadvantage of vegetarian diet is that it fails to give a balance diet. Unlike animal proteins no vegetables contains amino acids which is necessary for human body. A plant based diet cannot provide amino acids as found in non vegetarian diet. Each of nine essential amino acids is not found in vegetarian diets. This results in tiredness, moodiness due to fluctuation in blood sugar levels leading to poor performance at work. There are some deficiencies in a vegetarian diet such as lack of protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, iodine, riboflavin, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids. Some of these deficiency leads to hair fall, skin problem and also eye sight problem. Another disadvantage and danger of vegetarian diet is that they fail to make a balanced and healthy diet. If you are not taking meat or fish along with vegetable diets than your body finds difficult to supplement the nutrients that it needs. Constant hunger is also another disadvantage for vegetarian people as vegetarian diet gets digested soon. Skinny appearance is the other disadvantage for vegetarian people.
Many people do not take non vegetarian diet due to moral, ethical and environmental believes. They think that eating animal product is a form of exploitation of animals as it involves animal slaughter.
Non vegetarian diets are foods that include animal flesh such as beef, pork, poultry and fish. Non vegetarian diet has more calories, fat and protein when compared with the vegetarian diet. In western world, non vegetarians are in the majority and vegetarians are in the minority. Fish is an ideal food for busy lives. It has a great source of protein and provides many vitamins and minerals if taken in the diet. Oily fish also offer beneficial fats such as omega-3 which can help to maintain a healthy heart. Poultry in non vegetarian diet provides many essential vitamins and minerals and it is low in saturated fat which is a healthy diet. Meat is good for health in many ways and is a source of protein and as well as valuable nutrients. But at the same time it is not good for high blood pressure or any kind of heart disease. Eggs, too, are an important food to include in a healthy well balanced diet. It provides high quality protein and plenty of other beneficial nutrients for the human body.
According to ‘WHO’ report non vegetarian food causes many different types of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problem, gall bladder problem, constipation and arthritis. Consumption of mutton and chicken regularly causes carbohydrate deficiency that leads to ketosis. Sufficient carbohydrates are present vegetarian diet than in the non-vegetarian diet.
To conclude neither vegetarian diet nor non-vegetarian diet is good and healthy. One should have a balanced diet consuming vegetarian diet as well as non-vegetarian diet to stay healthy. Instead of only carnivorous or herbivorous human being should be omnivorous.