For the body to function efficiently, it is important to eat the correct foods. Foods that contain essential vitamins and nutrients, not just sugar and fats. I believe that having that right diet is crucial, because many health problems can be caused by eating foods that are unhealthy. For example, having a diet which involves lots of saturated fat and cholesterol can cause build up of plaque within arteries. This can cause many different heart problems such as chest pain, cardiac arrest, or heart attack. Having healthy eating habits does not completely stop health problems from occurring, however it can reduce the chance certain health problems from happening.
Researchers are spending lots of time to determine which diets are the best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Another area of research is to figure out whether genetically modified foods are healthy or not. However, one of the most debated topics is, if eating red meat is healthy or if we should eat only vegetarian foods. Many heart problems have been connected to eating lots of red meat. Whereas with eating vegetarian, there is the question about whether you are getting enough nutrients. So, which diet is better, meat-based or vegetarian?
Does a plant-based diet have enough nutrients?
One of the common questions about vegetarian diets is do you get all the vitamins and nutrients that you need. There are some vitamins and nutrients that are more difficult to get with a vegetarian diet, such as protein, Vitamin B12 and iron. These nutrients are easier to get from a meat-based diet; however, it is still possible to get all the essential nutrients from a plant-based diet.
Protein is often found in products such a chicken, fish and red meat; however, it can also be found in soy, lentils, whole grains and certain vegetables. Vitamin B12 is often found in dairy products and can be taken as a supplement if needed. Iron is found in green vegetables, lentils and whole grains, however iron from plants is harder to absorb. Therefore, it is recommended to eat foods such as strawberries and oranges, which contain lots of Vitamin C. This will help absorb the iron from vegetables. Overall, it is more difficult to get certain nutrients from a plant-based diet, however by eating the correct vegetables, it is possible to get enough of the essential nutrients and vitamins.
Does red meat increase heart problems?
When it comes to meat-based diets, one question that is often asked is does eating red meat cause heart problems. Many studies show that red meat contains lots of saturated fats and cholesterol, which can lead to heart problems. One heart problem connected to saturated fat and cholesterol is coronary artery disease. This occurs when plaque builds up within the arteries that supply the heart with blood. This lowers the amount of blood that goes to the heart, therefore it does not get enough oxygen or nutrients.
Coronary artery disease can cause other heart problems as well, such as heart attacks. Another issue with red meat is that it can increase the amount of Trimethylamine N-oxide. This can increase the chance of heart problems because it increases the amount of cholesterol within arteries. Overall, red meat can increase chances of heart problems, however it only becomes an issue when you eat too much of it.
Both, plant-based and meat-based diets have problems. It is difficult to get all the necessary nutrients with a vegetarian diet and a meat-based diet can increase saturated fat and cholesterol levels. I believe that a vegetarian diet is healthier because it is still possible to get all the essential nutrients by eating certain foods such as whole grains, lentils and green vegetables. Red meat contains lots of cholesterol, which can cause coronary artery disease. It is difficult to eat red meat without eating the saturated fat and cholesterol that is in it. However, as long as you do not eat too much red meat, it is still possible to stay healthy with a meat-based diet.