So, without further ado, here's a list of the pros and cons of being a vegetarian:
- Killing less animals. This is a major plus. If you've never seen the move Food, Inc., I highly recommend you watch it for details on why it's a plus.
- Our (vegetarians') cholesterol is generally much lower than that of those who ingest large amounts of meat, especially red meat. Low cholesterol means a reduced risk of getting heart diseases and clogged arteries.
- Reduced risk of getting E.coli, Salmonella, and other food-borne diseases. This is mainly because, unlike chicken, tofu and other plant proteins won't cause you to get a disease if you don't wash the knife directly after chopping them and then use the dirty knife for cutting up your broccoli.
- It's easier to maintain a healthy body if you don't have to worry about whether or not the protein you eat is lean enough.
- It is harder to get your required daily protein when you don't eat meat.
- For some, it is very hard to be a healthy vegetarian. Those who don't know about the joys of meat-free nutrition usually subsist on a diet of junk food.
- Most people automatically assume that, just because you're a vegetarian, you a) only eat vegetables, or b) don't eat any animal products. This gets very annoying after a very small amount of time.
- You have to repeat yourself over and over again when people ask you why you decided to become a vegetarian. It's just a hard lot to bear, I suppose.