Reasons for a Vegetarian Diet

 Among other reasons for us to adopt a vegetarian diet stand out the following:
anatomical and physiologic; hygienic, healthy, cheap, aesthetics, ecological, ethics, spiritual and religious.

1. anatomical and physiologic

  The comparative study of the anatomy and physiology of the carnivorous animals, herbivores and frugivorous it demonstrates that the frugivorous and herbivore diet is more appropriate to the man. The following data are a summary of such studies.


1. they have claws.
2. they don't have pores. They perspire for the language.
3. teeth prolonged, strong and sharp front canine teeth to tear the meat.
4. absence of teeth subsequent molars to triturate foods.
5. Glands salivate small in the mouth (glands well developed are necessary in the pré-digestion of cereals and fruits).
6. it salivates acid.
7. ptialina absence, responsible enzyme for the pré-digestion of the cereals.
8. I treat intestinal 3 times the size of the body, so that the meat in decomposition can be eliminated quickly.
9. simple and round stomach.
10. Strong concentration of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, to digest the meat.
11. Flat colon.
12. He/she urinates acid.
13. Jaw prolongated to the front.
14. Food: meat.


1. they don't have claws.
2. they perspire through thousands of pores.
3. absence of front canine teeth sharp.
4. teeth flat subsequent molars, to triturate.
5. glands salivate well developed, necessary to the pré-digestion of cereals and fruits.
6. it salivates alkaline.
7. ptialina profusion.
8. I treat intestinal 10 to 12 times the length of the body.
9. stomach with a duodenum as second stomach.
10. Acid of the stomach 20 times less concentrated than in the carnivores.
11. Colon convoluto.
12. He/she urinates alkaline.
13. Jaw tans.
14. Food: fruits and nuts.


1. they don't have claws.
2. they perspire through thousands of pores.
3. absence of front canine teeth sharp.
4. teeth flat subsequent molars, to triturate.
5. glands salivate well developed, necessary to the pré-digestion of cereals and fruits.
6. it salivates alkaline.
7. ptialina profusion.
8. I treat intestinal 10 to 12 times the length of the body.
9. stomach in three or four compartments.
10. Acid of the stomach 20 times less concentrated than in the carnivores.
11. Colon convoluto.
12. He/she urinates alkaline.
13. Jaw slightly prolonged.
14. Food: he/she scutches, herbs and plants.


1. he/she doesn't have claws.
2. he/she perspires through thousands of pores.
3. absence of front canine teeth sharp.
4. teeth flat subsequent molars, to triturate.
5. glands salivate well developed, necessary to the pré-digestion of cereals and fruits.
6. it salivates alkaline.
7. ptialina profusion, to pré-digest cereals.
8. I treat intestinal 10 to 12 times the length of the body.
9. stomach with a duodenum as second stomach.
10. Acid of the stomach 20 times less concentrated than in the carnivores.
11. Colon convoluto.
12. He/she urinates alkaline.
13. Jaw tans.
14. Food: he/she should live of cereals, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

  As we see, the man's closest animals, anatomical and fisiologicamente, are frugivorous or herbivores. Several characteristics indicate pronounced differences between the herbivore and frugivorous animals and the carnivores, but it is worthwhile the length of the intestine, that is approximately 3 times the length of the body in the carnivores to highlight while in the man it is about 12 times. This does with that the carnivores have a quite fast digestion, eliminating everything that is not absorbed to proceed. Already the man has a very slow digestion, for having a long intestine. This does with that the meat, that was already in decomposition process from the death of the animal, continue to decompose inside his/her intestine, causing many problems of health because of the liberated toxins, caused irritations etc.

  One of the indicative best than the vegetarian feeding is more appropriate to the man, however, they are the many benefits for the health found in diets to the base of vegetables and the countless linked illnesses to the consumption of the meat. Besides, for the chemical analysis and comparison of the nutritious properties of the vegetables and of the meat, we observed that it is possible obtain of the vegetable kingdom enough for the constitution of the fabrics and the nutrition of the body.

2. hygienic

  The meat deteriorates with enormous speed. The decomposition begins immediately after the death and it is only noticed by the sense of smell when it already reached an advanced state. It is the main source of intestinal rottings; same cooked contains microbial toxins in great amount. Besides, for his/her own composition, it favors the proliferation of microbes in the intestines. The gérmens average, of 65.000 for mm3 of feces in the carnivore, lowers for 2.000 for mm3 in the vegetarian. Those gérmens extinguish the gérmens saprófitas, benefactors, then the appendicitis frequency, diverticulite, colitis and enteritis, among the carnivores.

  The carnivores produce feces and fetid perspirations, and they have his/her palate and sense of smell brutalized for the delicate flavors and subtle fragrances.

3. healthy

  Of the point of view of the health the vegetarian regime is thoroughly favorable.
According to Dra. Jacqueline André (André, 1990), the excessive consumption of meat is noxious for a lot of reasons:

* The meat is rich in fats, favoring, therefore, the ateromatose and the infarct of the miocárdio, the cancers colorretais and the obesity.

* The fact of being rich in cholesterol does a cause of cancers hormonodependentes of her (he/she sucks, prostate, uterus).

* His/her high protídios tenor can turn her/it a factor of renal inadequacy.
Besides, the lingering cozimento or under high temperatures of their proteins it provokes the formation of agents mutagênicos, that you/they can begin a cancer.

* The fact of being rich in acids nucléicos does of her a factor of urinary calculations, hiperuricemias and drop.

* The residues of antibiotics in her contained can, very frequently, to cause allergies.

* The antibiotics, of whose use (veterinarian or as addictive
alimentary) the industrial preparation of the meat needs, they are a factor of transferable resistances.

* The fast satiation impression that his/her ingestion provokes can take the consumer to reduce the portion of vegetable fibers exaggeratedly in his/her alimentary ration, what is, above all, a constipation factor, of diabetes and of cancers colorretais.

* That that removes the essential of their proteins of the meat frequently neglects the leguminosas consumption; of that they can result lacks of magnesium, responsible mainly for disturbances of the heart rhythm, nervous depressions and oxalato in the urine.

Dr. Alberto Lyra (Lyra, 1973) it points the following inconveniences of the meat as food:

* I feed anti-natural. The man doesn't manufacture ammonia to neutralize the resulting acids of the metabolism cárneo, as they make him the carnivores.

* I feed poisonous. The meat is a poison slow but safe. She possesses toxins (poisons), resultants of the cadaverous decomposition, and other resultants of the animal metabolism, that you/they are kept and they produce more toxins for the desassimilação in the intestines.

* I feed acidifier. He/she produces acids fosfórico, sulfuric and úrico, causes of acidification humoral and of irritations esclerosantes. The proteins in excess are acidifier and mucógenas.

* I feed desmineralizante. The acids produced by the meat produce desmineralização to the they be neutralized in the organism.

* I feed exciting. The meat is an exciting one very strong, comparable to the alcohol, due to the poisonous and extractive substances of her coming. The energy sensation is exhausting, the one that does claim more exciting (alcohol, sugar, more meat etc). there is energy appearance, due to the excitement, and it creates a deceiving appetite, because he/she makes to repel the soft foods. Then the initial depression in those that abandon the use of the meat. Due to his/her exciting power, that he/she makes to spend the vital reservations, and to his/her poisonous power, the meat is one of the factors of the abbreviation of the life.

* I feed that contributes for the emergence of several diseases and human degenerations. Appendicitis, arteriosclerosis, artritismo, eczema, enteritis, gastritis, nefrite, rheumatism, peptic ulcer, adenoid vegetations. Transmitter of contagious and parasitic diseases. Brucelose, alimentary intoxications, salmonelose, tênia (lonely), triquinose, tuberculosis. In the course of diseases of the liver, of the kidneys, of the intestines, of the skin, of nervous disturbances, there is no best regime than the vegetarian.

4. cheap

  Of the economical point of view, the cereals represent the logical choice as main food. In Brazil, according to data supplied by IBGE and technicians in agriculture (Instituto Cepa), an ox needs 3 to 4 hectares of earth and it produces 210 kilos of meat on average, in the period from 4 to 5 years. On this same time and in this same amount of earth, it is picked, in Brazil, on average, 19 tons of rice. Or 8 tons of bean; or 34 tons of corn; or
32 tons of soy; or 23 tons of wheat. This without saying that can obtain 2 or up to 3 harvests a year of these combined cereals, what evidently increases the volume of the production, and also without considering that the productivity of these cereals can be increased, and a lot.

  Like this, taking for reference the contained protein, for instance, in the rice (8%), compared to that that is found in the meat (18,6%), we arrived to the
following: if we create ox in the 3,5 hectares and in the 4,5 years on average that he needs to be capable to be consumed, we will have 39 kilos of protein. If we plant rice in this same amount of earth and in the same period of time, we obtain 1.520 kilos of protein. A man of 70 kilos consumes about 70 grams of protein a day. This means that if we create cattle, we will have protein for about one and a half year, while if we plant rice we will have protein to feed this man for about 60 years.
Saying in another way, this represents to multiply for 40 the number of people that you/they could be fed.

  It is also worthy of note the fact that 85% of the corn produced in Brazil is destined to the feeding of animals. In other words, besides the cattle to produce less food, it still consummates cereals and pasture.

  As general rule is cheaper to buy originating from protein the vegetable kingdom than the equivalent amount of the animal kingdom. But the cost of the food is not the only factor to be considered. Indirect costs exist, besides medical costs and others linked to the treatment of the waters, reduction of the effects of the pollution etc.

5. aesthetic

  The meat trade is one of the main sources of rudeness and brutality that there is in the world. The vegetarianism promotes beauty, refinement and culture. The comparison of the horrible shows, sounds and odors of a slaughterhouse, with the beauty and the perfume of a vegetable garden or of an orchard he/she doesn't leave place to doubts as for this subject.

6. ecological

  The cattle breeding devastates immense natural green areas. The man provokes unbalance in the Nature when altering normal evolutionary processes of animals and vegetables. The demand for cheap meat is one of the main causes of the destruction of the tropical forests and other forests all over the world. This contributes to the extinction of the species and the desertificação, besides the pollution caused by the carbon dioxide.

  Recent studies accomplished in the United States reveal that the bovine flock is responsible for at least 12% of the gas methane (one of the substances that more they influence in the increase of the temperature in the planet - greenhouse effect) liberated for the environment. The industry of the meat is one of the pollutant agents and that more consumes water. The fertile soil also suffers with the cattle breeding, that is one of the causes of his/her exhaustion.

7. ethical

  Of the ethical point of view the meat in our table implicates in cruelty to the animals, as well as cruelty to the own human being, once his/her production is uneconomical and the amount of food produced in a same earth extension is much smaller than when dedicated to the farming. Therefore, in a world where the hunger is still a REALITY for great part of the human family, he/she becomes, eating meat totally a habit unacceptable.

  The man incurs an irresponsibility regarding the derived suffering of the use of foods in whose composition enters the meat. They are not just the terrors of the slaughterhouse, but, still, the preliminary horrors of the transport in trucks, trains and ships, the food privation, the thirst, the long terror experiences that these poor beings have to suffer, for the satisfaction of the man's appetite. (Besant, 1992)

8. spiritual

  Of the point of view of the improvement of the human body with views to the accomplishment spiritual, true purpose of our existence, the meat is also rejected totally, be because it is not a food of intrinsic properties that it favors the harmony, the balance, the rhythm and the perseverance, that the spirit requests and search, be because the compassion, inherent quality when blooming spiritual it also excludes her. For everything this, or simply, for the reason most personal, however also legitimate, of having a healthier and durable existence, the meat it is invariably dissuaded.

  It is difficult to understand that somebody can associate a spiritual conduct and a pure body with the meat consumption, whose obtaining necessarily cause great physical and emotional suffering to the animals.

  It is necessary to point out, however, that the life purity is only a middle for an end; the purity of the body, alone, it doesn't take to the spirituality, as well as a violin it cannot produce good music for himself. Some do a fetish of this beginning and it is pathetic to see these people confine to the sphere of the kitchen all their efforts for the spiritualization of their lives.

9. religious

  The vegetarianism is practical very old, pointed out in the foundations of the great religions. Studies accomplished on the content of the intestines of mummies of old Egypt demonstrate that their diets were composed basically of vegetables. The Egyptians are known as bread" "eaters. The true Schools of Mysteries possess as one of their precepts the purification, including the vegetarian practice. The community of Pitágoras was vegetarian, besides Hipócrates, the Father of the Medicine. They are vegetarian the Buddhists, hinduístas and the jainistas.

  Buddha said: "Happy it would be the earth if all the beings were united for the bows of the benevolence and only if they fed of foods that didn't implicate in spilling of blood. The gildings grains, the brilliant fruits and the tasty herbs that are born for all, would have enough to feed and to give abundance to the world."

  In Mahabharata we found: Can it have anybody crueller and selfish of the one what that what the meat of his/her body increases eating the meat of innocent animals? " and "Those that want possess good memory, beauty, long life with perfect health, forces physics, moral and spiritual they should refrain of foods cárneos; " and still: "Virtue of the most sublime consists of not killing animals."

  The Bible contains a lot of passages in defense of the vegetarianism: Don't "want to destroy the work of God because of the food. All of the things actually are
clean: but it is bad for the man that eats with scandal. Good it is not to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor thing in that your brother finds stumble, or it is scandalized, or he grows weak." (São Paulo to the Romans, 14: 20, 21); "for the alimárias you produce the hay, AND the plants for the man's" use. (Psalms,
103: 14); ". . and you will have for sustenance the herbs of the earth." (Gênesis: 3:
18); "here is there gave you me all of the herbs, that give their seeds on the earth; and all of the trees that have their seeds in themselves, his/her second species, for us to serve you of sustenance to you." (Gênesis: 1, 29).
Primitive Christian communities were abstemious of meat, like Essênios, Nazarenos, Therapists, Gnósticos, and other orders, like Trapistas of France.
Plato, Plotino, Porfírio and the neoplatônicos defended the vegetarianism.
Clemente from Alexandria wrote on the "brute of eating a lot and foods cárneos." It is yours the statement: "Many men live to eat, but the true wise person eats to live."

  Confúncio said: It was "able to all that that heard the scream of an animal being never killed to eat of his/her meat."

How to be a good vegetarian

  Although the feeding is an important factor for us to maintain the health, she is not enough by itself. If a person is vegetarian, but you/he/she doesn't take sun and raisin the seating life in confined atmospheres, right is not chewed, it abuses candies, of foods fried or greasy or if, besides, he/she smokes or it uses drunk alcoholic (what is rare among the vegetarians), or, still, he/she surrenders to excessive works and it passes nights badly slept, evidently his/her vegetarianism won't be worth a lot. Besides, the moral factor and the sexual and emotional balance carry out paper importantíssimo in the individual's physical and mental health.

  To be a good vegetarian is not, simply, to suppress the use of the meat. It is necessary to have general knowledge concerning the Science of the Nutrition, the one which, although in development, it already supplies us a group of fundamental knowledge.

  Other important points the they be considered

* Calmly eat, in calm and gentle atmosphere as much as possible.
If it is very hurried, anxious or nervous it is better not to do the meal or to eat the minimum.

* Chew the foods well. In the saliva enzymes are contained (ptialina) essential to the digestive process.

* He/she doesn't drink, or drink the minimum during the meals.

* Avoid eaten and drunk very hot or cold, they also disturb the digestion.

* Seek with common sense and gradually to apply the following generic rule:
to use foods raw, natural and integral, of vegetable sources and you don't encourage, and to avoid cooked foods, industrialized and refined.

* Don't mix many foods in a same meal. As Hipócrates said, "the very varied and different delicacies fight amongst themselves in the body, because an is already undergone digestion while the other is not" still.

* Try to increase their scientific knowledge regarding the nutrition. It is better a deficient knowledge that none.

* Try to walk calmly after the meals. Whenever possible it looks for to be outdoors, as well as to take a bath in the sun, although for few minutes, preferably in the first part of the morning or in the afternoon, with sun not very strong.

* When changing any alimentary habit, above all when becoming vegetarian, make him/it progressively. Even if is just like this the change for the wholewheat bread or simple things, begin with small amounts and increase his/her second tolerance.

* Main addictions of the vegetarianism desinformado: excess of fried and greasy foods and excess of masses, flours and sweet.

What great men said

  "Nothing will benefit the human health so much and it will increase the chances of survival of the life in the earth as the evolution for a vegetarian diet.
  The order of vegetarian life, for their physical effects, will influence the men's in a such way temperament that will get better in a lot the humanity's" destiny.
Albert Einstein

  "The more the man simplifies his/her feeding and he stands back of the carnivorous regime, more wise person is his/her mind."
George Bernard Shaw

  I "feel that the spiritual progress requests, in a certain stage, that we stop killing our companions, the animals, for the satisfaction of our corporal desires."

  "A lot little of the great cruelty shown by the men can be attributed really to a cruel instinct. Most of her is resulted of the reflection lack or of inherited habits. The roots of the cruelty, therefore, they are not so strong as spread."
Albert Schweitzer

  "Time will come in that the human beings will be satisfied with a vegetarian feeding and they will judge the slaughter of an innocent animal as today feels a man's" murder.
Leonardo of Vinci

  "If the man aspirates sincerely to live a real life, his/her first decision should be to abstain of to eat meat and not to kill any animal to eat."
Léon Tolstoy

  There is "a lot of truth in the statement that the man becomes that that eats. The more rude the ruder so much food the body."

  The meat is the food of certain animals. Though, nor all, because the horses, the oxen and the elephants feed of herbs. Only the ones that have wild and ferocious nature, the tigers, the lions etc. they can be satiated in blood. That horror is to fatten a body with other body, to live of the alive beings'" death.

  "The animals are my friends. . . and I don't eat my friends."
Bernard Shaw

  You could live of the perfume of the earth and, as a plant, to nurture you of light."
Gibran Khalil Gibran

  "If we want to free us of the suffering, we should not live of the suffering and of the murder inflicted the other animals."
Paul Carton

  "When a man kills a tiger call that sport; when a tiger kills a man, they call that ferocity."
Bernard Shaw

  "The man implores the mercy of God but he doesn't have mercy of the animals, for which he is a god. The animals that you sacrifice already gave you the sweet tribute of his/her milk, the softness of his/her wool, and they placed confidence in the criminal hands that you/they decapitate them. Nobody purifies his/her spirit with blood. In the innocent head of the animal it is not possible to put the weight of a thread of hair of the cruelties and mistakes for the which each one will have to answer."
Gautama Buda

  The man's structure, expresses and internal, compared with the one of others encourage, it shows us that the fruits and the succulent vegetables constitute his/her natural feeding."

  Eating meat is the survival of the largest brutality; the change for the vegetarianism is the first natural consequence of the illumination."
Léon Tolstoy

  "What fight for the existence or what terrible madness did take you to dirty your hands with blood - you, do I repeat, what are nurtured by all of the benesses and comforts of the life? Why do outrage the face of the good earth, as if she was not capable to nurture you and to satisfy? "

  You "have faith, ó humans, that you pollute your bodies with such an abominable" food.

  "The vegetables constitute enough feeding for the stomach and, however, we filled him/it of valuable lives."


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* The animals more forts of the earth, such as the elephants, the monkeys, the horses and the oxen, are all vegetarians.

* The vegetarians conquer athletic records.

* Millions of people in India and in other countries they live, they grow and they multiply there are thousands of years without proving species meat some.

* The only animals that live more than the man, the gigantic turtles of Galápagos and of the Ilhas Seychelle, they are vegetarian.

* The mammal that has longer life, besides the man, is the elephant, a vegetarian.

* The parrots, that stop the longevity record among the birds, are vegetarian.

* The man's closest relatives, the great monkeys, are vegetarian.

* The vegetarians have discounts in the life insurance in England.

* All of the schools of England offer the option of vegetarian meals.

* The butchers cannot participate in criminal juries in the United States.


  That really worries in getting better to himself and with the humanity's destiny it is not just satisfied with theories. It feels need to promote positive changes that you/they influence the order of the world. This means that should change our lives CONCRETELY in that that we go noticing as the best, and not to be just in proselitismo.Carnivoros & Herbivore

   Buddha said that we should not have faith and Carnivorous & Herbivorosm something merely because it is said; nor in traditions because they have been transmitted from the antique; nor in noises; nor in philosophers' texts, because these that wrote them were; nor because it seems to be a logical need; nor we should have faith in our instructors' mere authority or master. However, we should have faith when the text, the doctrine or the aphorisms be corroborated by our own reason and conscience. "For that, " Buddha said, when ending, I taught "you believe not her merely because you heard to speak, but, when you have had faith of your own conscience, then you should act of conformity and intensely."