Diseases such as heart attack, cancer, obesity and stroke, which are among the conditions that threaten human health, arise directly from a diet based on meat eating. Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in the United States, and fat and cholesterol from animal foods in the arteries are the leading cause. The average vegetarian cholesterol is 133, for meat eaters, this rate is 210. There are no documented cases of a heart attack in people with cholesterol below 150. A vegetarian diet can eliminate disorders such as vascular occlusion and poor circulation.
Vegetarians are approximately one in ninth more likely to be obese than meat eaters and have a 40% chance of developing cancer. People who consume animal foods are more likely to develop other diseases such as obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer's, allergies, diabetes and food poisoning.
What are the effects of vegetarianism on the environment?
Meat-eating habits consume our drinking water, farmland and fresh air. Half of the water used in America today is used for livestock and farm animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, and this waste ends up in waterways. Animal faeces emit gases such as hydrogen sulphate and ammonia, gases such as methane and nitrous oxide from farms, which contribute greatly to global warming and pollute the air. Forests are being destroyed to make more room for livestock farms and feed companies, and this destruction causes landslides, extinction of species and loss of natural habitats. Raising animals for food also requires large quantities of raw materials and food; farm animals consume 70% of the corn, wheat and other grains we grow. One-third of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in America are used in livestock. In short, the habit of eating meat is destroying the earth.
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