Which Food is Better? Veg or Non-Veg?
One of the most longstanding debates that have intrigued and baffled health & nutrition experts and amateurs alike is the ‘Vegetarian vs Non-vegetarian’ debate. Both sides have some logical and unfounded arguments. It has now become common to see debaters from both sides vehemently using emotions to sway the arguments to their sides. If you are looking to get into modelling and acting, maintaining a spotless and immaculate fitness regime is necessary. So, it’s only natural for you to be at crossroads when it comes to opting for a healthier diet. If you are culturally or traditionally inclined towards either of these two, then it’s best to stick with that. A sudden change in your diet could cause some unforeseen and unwelcome problems. But, if traditional predispositions don’t bother you and you are genuinely open to change, we can get the nitty-gritty of the topic at hand:
Usually, in a vegetarian diet, the food consumption of a person is predominantly restricted to plants, plant products and some miscellaneous dairy products consisting of milk, cheese etc. All forms of meat and other animal-related products are shunned with disdain.
Some of the positives of this principally plant-based diet are:
- While it can be agreed that vegetarians consume much fewer proteins when compared to their average meat-eating non-vegetarian counterparts, they are spared the agony that afflicts the latter on the other hand. Osteoporosis is an expected corollary of a protein-intensive diet, and non-vegetarians have been found to be at a much greater risk of being affected by this disease. The common symptoms of this disease are kidney failure, brittle and weak bones.
- Vegetarians have a diet that’s brimming with antioxidants like Vitamin E & C, in addition to the invaluable carotene that’s found in vegetables and fruits.
- Saturated fats have been known to cause sundry problems for the young and the old alike. When these saturated fats start accumulating in the body, they can lead to cholesterol buildup in your arteries. They lead to a spike in your LDL(bad) cholesterol which can have some really negative consequences for your health. A high LDL can increase your risk of being scourged by heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats also lead to the dreaded destination of weight gain. Most of the high-fat dishes like pizza, baked items, and fried goods are reservoirs of saturated fat. Consuming so much fat can put your wellbeing at risk by adding more calories to your diet. This, in turn, leads to weight gain. All the fats that we are cognizant of contain 9 calories per gram of fat. It should be noted that this number is twice the number that’s found in carbohydrates and proteins. So, the decision to exterminate high-fat foods from your diet is a no-brainer if you want to be healthy and also shape your body to be suitable for modelling and acting. The purging of high-fat foods from your daily diet can singe any probable occurrences of diabetes, heart disease and other miscellaneous health problems.
- Another major perk to the vegetarian diet is the lower density of lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Therefore, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, using empirical studies have concluded that a vegetarian diet is linked with a much lower contingency of death from ischemic heart disease. Also, vegetarians have much lower blood pressure in general and even lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than their non-vegetarian, meat-eating counterparts. There is another perk that’s sure to pleasantly surprise the fitness freaks. Vegetarians, on average, tend to possess a lower body mass index, a crucial indicator of the fitness levels. And there is good news even for those who are scourged by the fear of cancer. Vegetarians tend to have far lower cancer rates, thereby proving their immunity to the dangerous, parasitic disease. Chronic diseases are like itches that you desperately want to scratch because they last longer and don’t go away so easily. Many of the chronic diseases are caused by auto-immune disorders, and since it’s caused by the lack of discretion on the part of your own body, it’s hard to discern a loophole to trick your body into rectifying this egregious mistake. Therefore, chronic diseases are some of the worst ones out there, and you would want to have enough weapons in your arsenal to combat them. Vegetarians are at luck here too. Studies show that they are far less susceptible to chronic illnesses.
Pros of a non-vegetarian diet over a vegetarian diet:
- Non-veg diets offer an endless source of the vital nutrient Vitamin B12 which is found in meat, eggs, and fish in large, inexhaustible amounts. It’s therefore significantly essential for the augmentation of the red blood cells and the nerve fibres. If the body fails to produce the required red blood cells, you may be vulnerable to being afflicted by a debilitating deficiency called anaemia. This can lead to constant fatigue and disinterest in daily activities.
- Non-veg foods are rich in protein: For any model or an actor, protein is one of the most vital nutrients to be incorporated in the daily diet. It helps in the grooming of muscles and other essential parts of the body to get you in shape. No wonder it is called the building block of the body. Therefore, if you are really serious about your grooming your physique and have no other personal reservations about opting for non-veg, this diet is best for you.
- Enriched wisdom: According to various medical science journals, diets that are rich in sea-food like fish and eggs can help boost intellect in myriad ways, thereby aiding you in your endeavour to ace your tests in addition to growing your physique. Therefore, consuming non-veg can also add food to your brain in addition to your brawn.
In conclusion, there are both positives and negatives to the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian diets. Weigh the different priorities in your life and see what fits you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for this dilemma, and only through deep contemplation incorporating the various aspects of your life can you narrow down on one decision.