As the new year is in full swing, people are fulfilling their resolutions. The most common one is to become more healthy. Due to the media’s influence, it is now becoming more popular to become a vegetarian or vegan to stay healthy. Celebrities are posting pictures and it is now trendy to wear a shirt with “kale” written across it. People are cancelling out meat and there are pros and cons to taking this route.
If you are looking to become vegan or vegetarian because your favorite celebrity did and they appear skinny on the front cover of a magazine a magazine, look again. There are still ways to become healthy without abolishing certain nutrients from your eating habits. You can cancel out all artificial foods from your diet and go more towards reduced fat type foods. When you become a vegetarian or vegan, you have to do research and follow a strict diet to supplement for nutrients you are losing. When you become a vegetarian to become healthy you have to crack down and plan ahead to know what you are going to eat. It seems that it is easy to after a while not know what to eat and just end up snacking on chips and cookies.
There are multiple positive factors with becoming a vegetarian or vegan; however, some people do it because of their religion, family reasons, or because they were recommended due to health. Junior Shraddha Santhosh said that she has been a vegetarian all her life because her parents passed it down.
“I eat a bunch of beans and Indian food or eggs to supplement for meat,” said Santhosh.
There are still ways to get protein from plant based foods such as lentils, whole soy, peanut butter, quinoa, black or red kidney beans, chickpeas and peas. Senior Jessica Chan became a vegetarian after Environmental Club had a week long meatless challenge.
“The biggest problem I’ve had is having people (especially some of my family members) being very persistent in advising me against vegetarianism because they believe that vegetarians don’t get the enough nutrients,” said Chan. She also states that, “Most junk food is vegetarian, but cutting meat from your diet is good for your health and for the environment.”
There are pros and cons to both, but with whatever diet you choose, it should be taken with precaution to benefit your health.