A vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat any meat. They
don't eat fish, chicken, pork, beef, or any other kind of animal
flesh. They may eat eggs and dairy products. Vegans do
not eat any animal product, and they don't eat any eggs, dairy
products, or any food containing ingredients derived from animals.
If you don't eat meat, what do you eat?"
This is an understandable question, as the companies who produce
grain (all but 2% of which is fed to animals slaughtered for food,
and NOT fed to humans) and those who produce meat and dairy products
want you to believe that there is no such thing as a delicious
or nutritious meat-and-animal-free diet. They're lying to you.
Meat is NOT what's for dinner, and the answer to "Got milk?"
should be "Heck NO!". Need proof? Read on for the answer
to the another frequently-asked question from non-vegetarians:
"Don't humans need meat to be healthy?"
NO. Humans who don't eat meat are much healthier than
those who do. Humans are NOT carnivores; we're omnivores, meaning
we eat a variety of foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and
grains. Carnivores (like lions and tigers) eat nothing but meat.
Primates (apes, monkeys, chimps, who share 98% of our DNA) in
general are omnivores, and eat a mostly plant-based diet, with
"meat" (including insects, fish, and other smaller creatures)
as very infrequent additions to their diet. Humans can
eat meat, but it's hard on the body, and we eat way more of it
than any other primate -- and we have the diseases (cancer, heart
disease, hypertension) to show for it.
The nutrition in meat can be found in other foods, so there is
no nutritional need for meat in a human's diet. If you don't believe
this, consider our teeth and intestines. Carnivores (lions, tigers,
other cats) have very short intestinal tracts, for quick elimination
of their eaten prey. They also have huge fangs for tearing flesh.
Our intestines, like dogs, bears, and other ominvores, are much
longer -- meant to allow foods such as fruits, vegetables, and
grains to take their time moving through the system, so that all
the nutrition can be absorbed. This long system is what makes
meat and dairy so bad for us -- these items stay in the system
too long, and we get all the fat and calories, plus we get all
the hormones and antibiotics that have been fed to the animals
we've eaten. We also don't have big fangs for tearing meat --
we have teeth meant for chewing grains, seeds, fruit, and vegetables.
"What about milk? I love it and it's good for everyone, especially
Milk is NOT good for you. The high numbers of humans who are lactose
intolerant tells us that we are not meant to drink milk or eat
cheese, and that our mothers' breast "milk" is as much
dairy as we're supposed to have. Even those of us who can digest
dairy products with no problem are still getting way too much
fat, cholesterol, and calories from milk.
Cow's milk is designed to take a tiny calf and grow it to a huge
cow in a matter of months. Humans have no such need for that --
no one wants to grow a child who weighs hundreds of pounds. When
people get rid of dairy in their diets, their cholesterol, blood
pressure, weight, and risk of stroke, heart attack, and cancer
all go way down.
Commercially-produced milk also contains steroids, antibiotics,
and a variety of other chemicals, all of which pass from the cows
to the people who drink the milk. The steroids alone are a big
part of the reason human girls now go through puberty at much
earlier ages -- and this early onset of puberty is directly linked
to a higher risk of breast cancer.
"Meat alternatives don't taste good and they're hard to find.
And they're more expensive than meat!"
Wrong, wrong, and WRONG. Meat alternatives (soy, textured
vegetable protein, and beans) are delicious, and you can find
them in any grocery store or market. Meat is much more expensive,
both directly (in terms of the price you pay in the store) and
indirectly (in terms of the costs of medical care for the diseases
caused by its consumption). Visit GoVeg.com
for great meal ideas, and subscribe to Vegetarian
Times, an entire magazine devoted to delicious, healthy, vegetarian
"I'm a Christian, and I believe God gave us the animals to
use for food and clothing. Not to eat meat is a sin."
And you think God would approve of how humans treat animals
on factory farms, in testing labs, zoos, and circuses? The Bible
says that man was given "dominion" over the beasts --
but that doesn't mean eating them, and it surely doesn't mean
If you're confused about the role your own faith plays in choosing
to not eat meat (some believe that God gave us the animals for
food and clothing), check out the Christian
Vegetarian Association. Any person, of any level of faith,
from any denomination, will find their information useful and