10 facts about vegetarianism


From the health pros and cons to its ancient history.

" The Bhagavad-Gita" The sacred Hindu literature talks about three kinds of foods, there are foods in the mode of goodness, foods in the mode of passion and foods in the mode of ignorance.

Foods in the mode of goodness are those the natural stuff that God has created for humans, the vegetables, the fruits, the milk of the cow, the grains. When you eat these your body becomes healthy. Your mind becomes calm and peaceful and your inner being become conducive to enlightenment. So you experience peace contentment satisfaction through the mode of goodness.

Now interestingly many people are unaware but the early Christians were vegetarians. Even in the Western world have naturally gravitated to vegetarianism. In America Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell was a vegetarian. Leonardo da Vinci whose IQ was estimated at 230 one of the highest ever they were all vegetarians. The early Buddha the primary teaching was vegetarianism.

So Hinduism is not the only scripture or only religious tradition that talks about vegetarianism it has been practised around the world and slowly the Western world is also coming to this realisation that vegetarianism is such a boon and they are linking it to good health.

Humans were made to be herbivores nevertheless the Vedas say that it is a choice that you make based upon what your goals and aspirations are.

So I couldn't wait to bring you 10 facts about Vegetarianism in India you didn't know.



Let's be very honest here, the reason that most people become vegetarians is that they want to have a healthier life, and to that end, it's a noble endeavour. But there's just one problem, any diet, or change in meal style, requires commitment. Not just to eating better, but sticking to the plan that you have laid out for yourself.

And not surprisingly, a lot of people can't do that. Sure, they'll make a New Year's Resolution to become a vegetarian, and they'll start off that way, but then they'll crave some of their former diets, or get a whiff of a burger joint and say, "I'll go back just for this meal"...and then they're done. This is human nature, but what's surprising is that a study was recently done on vegetarians and it was discovered that around 84% of people in America who try to be vegetarians revert to their old ways in under a year!

To be fair, some of it wasn't as simple as "not doing the deed", but rather, there were relationships that brought them back to meat and other things, finances, health (yes, it makes sense), and other personal reasons. So don't fault a person for trying to be a vegetarian, but do congratulate anyone who can keep to their commitments.



There are always contrasts to people all over the world. What works in one country won't in another or vice versa. And likewise, a culture will embody something much more than another country would.

So what's surprising here is that there is a country in the world that is highly associated with being vegetarian, as a majority of their people choose that lifestyle.

And that country...is India.

Now, those who know the history of India know that they're a very spiritual nation, and they've fought hard for their freedom, which may have led to them being one to appreciate the food style that is vegetarian. However, what might surprise you is how much of the "vegetarian population" is Indian. In fact...it's 70%! 10% would've been surprising, 25% would've been shocking, but 70% of the vegetarian world is Indian.

That's a lot.

Especially considering the massive population size of India. History shapes us in many ways, and this proves it without a doubt. And many associate the origins of being vegetarian to both India and Greece.



Before we talk about the reasons for vegetarianism, When I spell the word "vegetarian", What do you think of? Yes, you think of a person who only eats vegetables and other non-meat products, but what about WHY they are vegetarian?

Well, the obvious answer is that they want to eat better and be more healthy. But the truth is that while that is a very big motivator for someone becoming vegetarian, it's hardly the only one. In fact, there are numerous reasons why people become vegetarian, it just depends on who the person is. A very popular one that has arisen in the last couple of decades is that of people who became vegetarian due to the treatment of animals.

After all, if you eat meat, that meat has to come from an animal. And there have been many cases of animals being abused and mistreated in order to get the most meat from the product and the most profit from those who would buy it. Then, there are people who don't eat meat because of religious beliefs, or because of cultural or family traditions. There are a wide array of reasons to become a vegetarian and, in the end, the choice is up to each person.



When you hear the word Pythagorean, you likely think of the Pythagorean Theorem, which is a very popular math equation in the world today, and for good reason! But the surprising fact of the matter is that Pythagorean was also associated with what would today be considered being vegetarian.

Oh yeah, the Greeks were big into this, and all because of him...more or less, and it was only in the 19th century that vegetarian became a term around the world. Before then, it was the Pythagorean Diet.

But here's the trick, you see, Pythagorean was a brilliant man, but the reason he became a vegetarian was rather weird. You see...he believed that humans after they die, would be resurrected... like animals. And since you eat animals...you technically are eating your ancestors, and that idea did not please him at all. So, he dedicated himself to eating plants, honey, and bread. Technically speaking, when he tried to showcase his Pythagorean Diet, he was met with resistance.

The Greek culture had a long-time love of meat for various reasons, so abandoning it was...well, wrong to them. But, he did have some followers, and thus the diet was allowed to spread until they became known as vegetarians.



Much like there are various levels of government, academics, sports, and more, there are also different levels of vegetarianism. I know, right? You'd think that it's as simple as don't eat meat, but it's not. There are spinoffs and offshoots that people follow, and that makes them all a type of vegetarian even if they don't follow those same rules.

You already know of a big one, Vegan. The difference between a vegetarian and a vegan is that a vegetarian will eat products that come from animals, but not animals eat the animal, itself. This would include items such as milk, or cheese.

A vegan, on the other hand, won't touch any food that has come from animals, so they'll only eat and drink things that are born from nature, and nature alone.

Another offshoot is that of Fruitarianism, where a person only eats fruits, nuts, seeds, and plants (without killing said plants of course). So if you want to be a vegetarian, that's fine, just be sure to know what kind you want to be. It will heavily affect what you eat.



You might be looking at this title and going, "Wait a minute, that's not right! Vegetarians don't eat meat!" And you're right, and you're wrong.

As I noted earlier, there are various levels of being a vegetarian, and there are some out there who truly believe that it's ok to eat meat...in moderation. A great example of this is when a vegetarian goes from being "fully devoted" to "eating in moderation".

They'll eat meat, but because of the lifestyle they had before, they'll refuse to eat as much meat as they used to. So they're still a type of vegetarian, just not the one you're expecting. Of course, there are some who take this a bit weird, such as kangatarians.

What's a kangatarian? Well...it's a group that only eats Kangaroo meat. Don't ask me how they get it, I don't want to know. But what I do know is that this actually happens, and I'm glad I'm not one of them.
What's their justification for eating the meat?

Well, they claim that because there are no farms or containment areas for kangaroos (which is true), it doesn't count as much as "harming animals".

They also think that they're greener than other animals that are used for meat products.

What a world!



If you put enough scientists into a room, they'll eventually think of a theory that sounds incredibly crazy, and yet, they'll find enough evidence to prove that it's true.

In the case of the United Kingdom, there is a study that claims that a child with an incredibly high IQ will become a vegetarian once they grow older. While this sounds crackpot, there are plenty of smart people out there who are vegetarians, and that's just the truth. But, obviously, not all kids fall under this stereotype or umbrella.

The idea is somewhat intriguing though, that they'll be smart enough to either determine that they need to eat healthier, or go the activist route and eat non-meat products in order to respect the animals of the world. Either way, it's surprising that someone thought of this.



You often hear of plans to help you get healthier, but the question almost always arises, "Does it actually work?" And this has certainly been asked of those who partake in being a vegetarian. Now, the obviousness of eating greens versus a lot of meat in order to be healthy is obvious.

What isn't obvious, though, is that it helps your metabolism in a big way. Because the meat isn't weighing down your body, the metabolism speeds up, and thus you process food better, and through that, you lose weight, get more energy, and more.

If you are a vegetarian, you burn fat 16% faster than a person who eats meat. That's the difference between losing a few pounds and a lot of pounds. So yes, being a vegetarian is definitely good for your body.



That being said, there is a catch to not eating meat, or, in other words, being very basic with what you eat. Your body requires a lot of vitamins and minerals in order to function properly.

One of them is B12, which can be found in various products, but mainly meat, fish, and dairy products.

As noted earlier, there are forms of vegetarianism that require you to not eat these things, and thus, you're depriving your body of B12. While it's true that you can get B12 as an individual vitamin, the amount you would take isn't enough to supplement what you need. And not having B12 can lead to depression, fatigue, weakness, nausea, constipation, anaemia, heart disease, and even stroke.


Vegans suffer the most from B12 deficiency. So if you're going to be a vegetarian or vegan, you best be ready to get your B12 in some fashion and monitor your health regularly.



It's part of human nature to not like someone that doesn't share your values. And it's true that vegetarians and non-vegetarians don't get along. But what's truly surprising is that Vegans and Vegetarians apparently don't get along either.

"But shouldn't that be the case because they have the same values?" you might be asking. Well...not exactly.

Remember, Vegans don't use ANY products that come from animals, Vegetarians don't mind as much in some cases, like a diary and other such byproducts.

In the eyes of Vegans, it's the Vegetarians, not the meat-eaters that are the biggest threat to their animal rights causes. In a way, Vegetarians are a kind of middle the ground in this food debate, and Vegans don't appreciate that middle ground.

Everyone's got a viewpoint, and sometimes that's the only viewpoint they want to see.

What do you think about vegetarianism?

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