Meat Free

I’m not a vegetarian let me make that loud and clear so this post will not be written with bias only statistics and opinions.

Over the past few years, there has been a global spread into the followings of Vegetarianism and Veganism. Vegetarianism is defined as ‘The practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal).’ Whereas Veganism is defined as ‘the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products,’  so not only do they not eat meat, they refuse to intake or use any products that come from animals such as wear leather, or drink milk.

People turn to vegetarianism or veganism for many reasons be them health and dietary or ethical and moral. Either way, there has been a rapid increase in following of these two lifestyles with many blogs and media influencers advertising them.

Since the early 2010’s we have seen this increase as recorded by the Vegetarian Society or the NHS.  Figures released and posted on the NHS website in 2015 estimate that around 2% of the UK population is vegetarian which is over 1.2 million people, and through social media and information around on the internet it is safe to assume this number has grown in the past 2 years.

Vegetarian diets and Vegan diets can both be healthy as long as they are done in a controlled and safe manner in which all the bodies needs are still met. For example, for protein, there are many different ways to intake it besides red meat like Quorn, dairy and soy products. And if these products are not something you are fond of, there are many other options such as taking vitamin supplements or searching for new recipes as with the change in trends more food is becoming Vegetarian-friendly.

I personally am not vegetarian, but I avoid meat. If possible I will choose a meat-free version of a dish due to meat making me feel ill. For example, at work when they make us staff food they include chicken in the pasta sometimes and I am happy to push the chicken to the side and just avoid it, whereas some people would not eat this meal as it had had chicken in it at one point. Everyone is different, there is no right or wrong way of living as long as you are happy with your choices. If you’re not happy eating meat then don’t, if you are happy then carry on eating it. Whilst only single figure percentages follow these diets meat will still be sold in this society. I am sorry to animal rights fighters, I can see you’re trying hard but sadly the way the world works is whilst there is demand there will be produce.

Maybe this will be seen as allowing women to vote. At the moment it is occurring it seems strange and new to people, but in 100 years people look back and imagine how we ever lived like this. All we know is, for now, there are many ways people can change their diet in a safe way. Here are some links below for anyone looking to go meat free, but are worried about missing out on vitamins and food groups.

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http://veggieadvisor.com/health/protein-sources-for-vegetarians/ 

http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-vegan-multivitamin-mineral-tablets-60012166

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Vegetarianhealth/Pages/Vegetarianhealthqanda.aspx

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