Do you feel better than a vegetarian?

Five reasons why it is better to become a vegetarian

That is why it is healthier to avoid meat

A vegetarian diet is simply healthier. Everyone is talking about moderate meat consumption, but which meat eater really only has schnitzel and sausage on their plate once or twice a week? Choosing a vegetarian diet right from the start is more consistent. Too much meat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health. Anyone who gives plenty of ham, salami and beef steaks increases their risk of colon cancer by around a third. And vegetarians who also consume dairy products and (organic) eggs and do not eat vegan have no problems with the supply of vitamin B 12.

Animal husbandry pollutes the environment

Eating vegetarian is good for the environment. Due to the expanding meat industry, more and more of the earth's resources are being used up at record speed. According to the Worldwatch Institute, at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide are emitted every year for the production of meat, eggs and dairy products. That is over half of the global emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. According to the animal welfare organization Peta, around 70 percent of the world's developed water resources flow into agriculture. Most of the water is used for meat production.

Less meat, less hunger

A vegetarian diet helps fight world hunger. Raising and slaughtering animals is far more inefficient than growing vegetables or grain. To feed a vegetarian you need around 20 times less agricultural land than a meat eater. In the course of their lives, from birth to slaughter, farm animals burn abundant calories for metabolism and for building feathers, fur, bones and blood. Around 16 kilos of grain are used as feed to get one kilo of edible meat.

More lived responsibility by doing without

Eating vegetarian is a lived responsibility towards our fellow creatures. Many consumers simply ignore the conditions in industrial factory farming. It is true that the quality of meat and the hygiene during slaughter are better than ever today thanks to strict rules and regulations. But that doesn't change the fact that the killing of tens of thousands of farm animals in industrial plants is morally unjustifiable. In Germany alone, over two billion animals are killed in industrialized slaughterhouses every year. This mass of killings alone makes it impossible for the animals to always be ethically correct and painless.

The joy of vegetarian cooking

Cooking vegetarian is fun! It does, however, require a certain amount of time to get used to. In general, it takes some time to get to know new products and recipes and to try out new types of preparation. But you will be rewarded with great new cooking experiences. The menu in the vegetarian kitchen is more colorful and varied, which is a pleasure for cooks and eaters alike. In Germany, around six million people are now giving up meat. The number has grown significantly in recent years, but for the majority of Germans, meat is still part of it. Read the second part of the big meat discussion tomorrow: Five reasons why you shouldn't go without meat.

Here EAT SMARTER gives you tips on how to become a vegetarian!