Vegetarian and Vegan Articles. Includes useful information for vegetarians and those wanting to become vegetarian.

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

—Charles Darwin, English naturalist (1809–1882)

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

—James A. Froude, English historian (1818–1894)

If you visit the killing floor of a slaughterhouse, it will brand your soul for life.

—Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.

—Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828–1910)

Vegetarian Food - Essential Food For Athletes

subota, 20. veljače 2010.

Balanced and varied vegetarian diet is more than able to provide you with all nutrients - protein, vitamins and minerals - that your body requires.

It is also a diet that has significant advantages over those based on meat, mainly due to increased input starch carbohydrates and antioxidants. Meat and cow's milk does not contain any of the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, or vitamin K, as well as complex carbohydrates or fiber.

Meat contains no calcium or vitamin D. Meat and dairy products contain cholesterol and saturated fat which clog the arteries, and are completely unimportant in nutrition. What is essential in the are fresh fruits and vegetables, nut products, seeds, legumes and cereals from whole grains - all good ingredients for yourself based on vegetarian or vegan diet. Enjoy!

Food For Athlete Winners

To win in the competition, defeat the enemy or finish first, it all depends on several factors, not just about training. Foods that trigger your body is just as important as any exercise! Because food for the winners is priceless - the perfect guide to the perfect diet. We are not talking here only about the active athletes and weekend walkers, but as well those who go to the gym during breaks and those who want to stay in shape with amateur sports - wherever they were. To get the best from yourself you have the best food.

Food winner, simply and clearly explains why it is very subdued many diet based on meat - and destroyed some of the myths. Take the proteins! You can not succeed without the weight of protein from meat and dairy products! Wrong! Key to the success of the complex carbohydrates - things such as potatoes, pasta and rice. This is the 'energy food' and it is not found in meat. Also, people's muscles are not build from muscles of 'fleshy' animals.

Where vegetarians get their proteins? From almost everything they eat! It contains nearly all plant foods and hard as possible to those you might miss.

Vegetarian food comes complete with antioxidants, which easily defeat the disease, and without which would otherwise your body be opened 'to attack' and could not function properly. The best fighters against disease are vitamin C and E and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) - and it will be very difficult to find in meat and dairy products. What you will find in them are fat, which clog arteries and cholesterol.

The truth is - food of animal origin harm your body, and plant foods, protecting it. Because food is the winner of the perfect guide for those who want to be the leader of life.

Vitamin B12 and nutrients that should be paid attention

utorak, 9. veljače 2010.

People who reject all the food from animal products may have difficulty in meeting their daily needs for protein, zinc and iron. Meat and meat products "convenient" source of these nutrients, a diet that excludes these provisions requires a little more planning. Therefore, proper planning here is of great importance, especially with vegan diet. But if it is properly balanced, vegan diet can provide all the necessary nutrients except vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12

Poorly planned vegetarian diet can result in a deficit of vitamin B12, since vitamin B12 is found only in products of animal origin.
Furthermore, infants whose mothers were not for a long time food (or supplements) brought vitamin B12, have lower levels of blood vitamins and they get less vitamin B12 with milk.
Vegans, therefore, must compensate for this vitamin with food enriched with vitamin B12 or by taking vitamin B12 supplements.
In order to facilitate the plan of vegetarian diet, there formed pyramids of proper diet for vegetarians and vegans. It is important to note not to miss any meal and the food that is consumed must be diverse.

Who are fruitarians and why they eat only fruit?

Fruitarians or fructarians are people who feed on the fruit. They argue that this is the natural and primeval human diet and that both Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were fruitarians. Also consider that no living creature (or plant or animal) does not want to be killed and therefore eat only fruit that gives the fruit itself (as opposed to vegans, who eat root to, stem, leaves, flowers, seeds). Radical fruitarians eat only fruit fallen fruit from the tree.
What fruitarians say about their lifestyle

Fruitarians feel and look younger. Their hair, nails and skin look healthier, and they say that they have more energy for the maintenance of a hard pace throughout the day
Eat only when you are hungry or feel a strong appetite, and eat as much as you need until you feel satiety. Eat small amounts of dried fruit at any time, but stop eating them even if you still feel the desire for more. This applies only to dried fruits, fresh fruit you can eat as much as you want.
If you are at 100 percent on fruitarian diet do not need to drink extra water. All water you need is in fruits and your body will absorb it in the best possible way, additional water will contribute to the body in any way.

People always ate food of animal origin. Why should they stop now?

petak, 5. veljače 2010.

Never in its entire history, people are eating so many foods of animal origin such as we do now. Today, the rich and the poor can buy this food, which is mainly a result of new methods to reduce costs for the breeding of animals 'food'.

Farms where animals are bred for the food industry with their methods of farming produce such a massive and extensive suffering what has never until now has not been seen in agricultural production. In addition, the human population is more numerous today than ever before. Millions of people who consume animal meat also means that millions of tons and liters of water around the world take from the poor to the rich fed animals, and as a result of such practices remain millions of tons of waste which destroy the soil, drinking water and the ozone layer.

In addition to add the fact that today not only have evidence that the human diet based on foods of plant origin but also have a healthier and more non-animal products, which we now easily available (eg, soy milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding , ice cream, tofu, tempeh) and many other very healthy and delicious products that make the transition to a vegan diet easy.

What's wrong with wearing wool?

As in other industries where the animals are bred for profit, the interests of animals used in the wool industry is rarely thought. Herds usually consist of thousands of sheep and individual care of their needs is almost impossible. Many people believe that sheepshearers helps animals that would otherwise feel burdened with so much wool, but without the interference of humans, sheep, grew just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature.

Most wool comes from Australia. Just a few weeks after birth, the department of their tails, the males Neutered, all without anesthesia. Very high level of mortality is considered normal. 20 to 40 percent of the lamb died from cold and hunger before they reach the age of eight weeks, eight million adult sheep die from disease, lack of shelter, and neglect. Million of them die in 30 days from the clip. Australian farmers perform a barbaric operation that involves carving the great line of skin and flesh from the back of the leg lamb without anesthesia. When shear rate is most important. People are usually paid by performance, not by the hour, which encourages fast and reckless operation. One witness says, "The place where shear his sheep must be one of the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals. I saw people shear to hit the sheep with scissors or fists until they noses bleed. I saw a sheep that is half the face was clipped.

Fur Industry - Is it really so cruel?

Even more. Research was conducted by PETA in fur farms have revealed that the animals are killed by their steel rod under an electric charge placed in the rectum and literally fry their interior. Broken bones that protrude, respiratory infections and cancerous tumors are some of the injuries and diseases that live animals without veterinary care at one investigated farm.

Animals caught in steel traps for the feet suffer such pain that a bite off their limbs in order to escape. Unable to feed, warm or defense of the attackers, many die horrible deaths before the one who set the trap come to kill them. Others suffer in traps for days until they can not catch and kill. To avoid damage to the skin, the animals are often beaten or overrun to death. Most of the state has no regulations regarding the methods of killing these animals.

Regardless of whether suffering terrible pain traps or the life of agony in a small cage, the animals suffer immensely.

The Gladiators Were Vegetarians

ponedjeljak, 1. veljače 2010.

The Gladiators are associated with strength, endurance and hard training - they are real fighting machines. Spartak like gladiators were a kind of sports heroes and Gladiator medicine is probably the first form of organized sports medicine. It would be expected that the diet of these fighters out of the arena based on proteins, however, the analysis of archaeological finds of their bones, says something quite the opposite.

Strontium is present in greater concentration in plant food than animal tissues, and bones contain twice as many fights strontium bone than their contemporaries. Thus, the gladiators were vegetarians. This is confirmed by the record of Roman historian Pliny, who calls them hordearii - those who eat barley.

Similarly, is the Roman soldiers, legionaries who spent 5000-6000 kcal per day, and 78% of their food ration comprised carbohydrates, mainly barley and wheat.

Benefits and potential harm of soy consumption

The increasing use of soy in the diet leads to the necessity to learn about the possible harmful consequences of consuming soy.

Soy is used in the diet was mostly known only in Asian countries, because its fermented products are filled with protein based mostly on rice. However, due to the relatively cheap production and composition (rich in plant proteins), these legumes are spread throughout the world and its products (or individual isolates) have found wide application in human nutrition.

On the market today a large number of industrial food products that contain some of the soy products.

Vegetarians have a lower risk of cancer

Unlike the people whose diet is dominated by the meat, vegetarians have a lower risk of illness from different types of cancer, according to results of recent research.

The study included 60 thousand people, and showed that the animals rarely develop tumors. However, vegetarianism is not shown as a good protection against cancer
bowel cancer. A tube, which is included in the digestion and spread from the stomach into the anus. It consists of small and large intestine, which is one of the most common tumors. Scientists in the research looked at people who eat meat, those who eat fish but not meat and those who eat only fruits and vegetables.

Previously known that every 33rd during the life of a man down with a kind of cancer, but recent research has shown that it is not the case with animals.
Risk for presence of cancer in people who do not even eat meat is 20 percent smaller. Discovered that there are differences between animals and humans who eat meat, and most part of the lymph and blood. It was shown that vegetarians have healthier blood. However, scientists warn that the new discovery does not mean that we should change the diet because the evidence was not sufficiently verified.

However, note that the food we must introduce more fruits and vegetables.