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Advantages of Being Vegetarian Turkeys

Advantages of Being Vegetarian Turkeys the consumption of turkeys in the U.S. has escalated through the years. It is no longer eaten primarily at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but throughout the year. The process of mass-producing turkeys for human consumption is as barbaric, if not more so, than the process of mass-producing chickens. (“Vegetarian Nutrition”)

“Turkeys are kept in cramped, dark spaces to discourage the naturally aggressive behaviors that occur when an animal is kept confined without space to roam and feed freely.” (“How many turkeys are eaten on thanksgiving … – Veggies Life”) They are overfed to the point where their legs cannot support the weight of the breast tissue. And this animal which normally has a 10-year life span is slaughtered at about 2 years of age.

Unhealthy and overcrowded conditions mean that disease amongst commercial turkeys is widespread, resulting in approximately 2.7 million turkeys dying in their sheds every year. Foot and leg deformities, heat stress and starvation caused by the inability of immature birds to find the feed and water troughs are commonplace. Ulcerated feet and hock burns are common – caused by continual contact with litter contaminated by urine and feces.

“Can you really sit at dinner on your next holiday and look at a roasted turkey the same way?” (“How many turkeys are eaten on thanksgiving … – Veggies Life”) Turkeys come with the same recommendations for cleanliness and cooking those chickens do. You must be sure they are cooked to a specific temperature to ensure that any disease-causing bacteria are completely killed. You should clean up any counter space with bleach, again to kill all bacteria.

“It makes a compelling case for switching to a vegetarian diet, doesn’t it?” (“How many turkeys are eaten on thanksgiving … – Veggies Life”) Suddenly, the jokes about vegetarian dinners, with nut loaves and vegetables, instead of meat, seem to make more sense, not only from a health standpoint, but from a humane issue as well. Why do we persist in eating in such a way that makes us unhealthy and is inherently bad for us? For your next holiday dinner, consider the possibilities of an all-vegetarian menu. (“How many turkeys are eaten on thanksgiving … – Veggies Life”) So much of the dinner is vegetable based to begin with; it is a slight change to replace turkey with a plant-based main course as well.

Many people reject eating pork and other meats derived from pigs for religious reasons or health reasons. When people start eating a more vegetarian diet, red meat is usually the first thing they eliminate from their diets. When they do, various health indicators start to improve, such as their cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings. Health is one of the most compelling reasons to eat vegetarian, but the inhumane treatment of the animal’s mass-produced for human consumption is another reason many people are rejecting a carnivorous diet. (“is pork healthy? – Pig Farming – Veggies Life – Be Vegetarian”)

Pig farming follows the same processes that chicken farming and other animal farming employ. The pigs are kept in small crates with limited movement. They are overfed so they can be slaughtered more quickly. Their living conditions can be dirty, and they are fed growth hormones to stimulate weight gain and antibiotics to ward off diseases that are the results of their living conditions.

They are forced to live in unnatural conditions, and they exhibit signs of chronic stress that other animals produced for human food do. They chew on the bars of their cages or worry with their water bottles excessively. (“is pork healthy? – Pig Farming – Veggies Life – Be Vegetarian”) Their limited range of movement prevents the rooting behavior that is natural for a pig.

The pigs pay an extremely high price to feed us. “And we pay a high price for eating pork and other red meat.” (“Vegetarian Diet no to Pig farming”) We are not made to eat meat. Our teeth were not developed to rip and tear meat. We evolved from herbivores, and it is still the better way for us to eat. When we eliminate red meat and other meats and animal products from our diet, we get healthier – more lean and fit, less tired, and sluggish. (“is pork healthy? – Pig Farming – Veggies Life – Be Vegetarian”) And there is the added psychological benefit of knowing that we are not contributing to the suffering of innocent animals.

Fish, Mercury

Many people think if they just eliminate red meat and poultry from their diets, their eating will be healthier. This is partly true, but there are hazards to eating fish and seafood as well. (“Articles by Nicholas Tan (Results 1 – 15 of about 2360)”) The harm that humans have done to the environment has had a direct effect on the fish and seafood we eat.

There are elements of fish and shellfish that are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children’s proper growth and development. So, women and young children should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits. (“FDA/EPA 2004 Advice on What You Need to Know About Mercury …”)

However, all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk of mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. The risks of mercury in fish and shellfish depend on the number of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in the fish and shellfish. (“Health Risks: Utah Fish Advisories – Utah Department of …”) Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

Is this any way to eat? In fear of what unhealthy elements are lurking in the food we eat? Eliminating red meat and eating a more vegetarian diet is an excellent start on the road to more healthy eating. Eliminating fish and seafood is one of the final steps towards eating a complete vegetarian diet and the health benefits that are your reward for making that change. (“Komputer dan Internet”)

Best Wishes, Coyalita

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist

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