By Racquel Hamilton

Instructor’s Note: People who know me might wonder, “Did this student choose this topic to please the teacher?” No! Racquel didn’t know I am vegan and thus looked very confused when I questioned her closely about why she had chosen this topic. Later, when I mentioned my veganism while reviewing her rough draft, Racquel was surprised and our mutual confusion was resolved: She had been absent on the day I had mentioned it in class.

A vegetarian is one who eats vegetables more often and excludes meat, fish, other sea animals, and poultry from their diet. Vegetarians who are extremely serious about vegetarianism might also exclude eggs or some products from animal labor such as dairy products and honey. A vegetarian can also be considered as one who thinks about the animals’ life and their rights first before thinking about his or her own stomach. Categories of vegetarianism include lacto-vegetarianism, lacto-ovo-vegetarianism, pesco-vegetarian and veganism. Lacto-vegetarianism includes dairy products, but no eggs. Lacto-ovo-vegetarianism includes both eggs and dairy products. Vegans exclude meat, poultry and fish, eggs, dairy, and honey (

An important facts that one should consider if one decides to become a vegetarian is that vegetables are much healthier than meat; they contain no cholesterol and tend to be lower in both total fat and saturated fat than animal products. When vegetables are consumed, vitamins are most likely to enter the body, which gives us energy, strength to help us through our daily activities and they certainly help to build stronger bones.

Vegetables can definitely lower the risk of getting addicted to meat which sometimes can be very poisonous. Poisonous meat can affect us in many ways, because as we all probably have known America’s meat addiction is poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than human population, the run-off from their waste is fouling our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia that poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, which are major contributors to global warming (

Personally, I think these are outstanding reasons to avoid meat and encourage one to become a vegan, because I’m obviously sure that no one wants to purposely put their life at risk by eating food with high cholesterol and less vitamins or food that contributes to global warming.

When individuals consume meat it affects them in many ways that they don’t tend to realize. Sometimes greed washes over a non-vegetarian’s face that may sometimes make them procrastinate. They want to become a vegan, but seeing the meat captures their mind and makes them forget all about becoming a vegan.

Seriously, is it that good? Although it gives us a lot of calories and high cholesterol, we still seem to enjoy the risk of getting heart diseases and diabetes. “Why?” I asked, but there’s no answer, except for the same lame one that everyone gives: “it looks good/it tastes good”. Sometimes it doesn’t even taste right, but fact that it looks good is one main reason individuals might continuously eat meat.

If we all were to eat vegetables would it damage us? Would it give us tasteless thoughts? Absolutely not, as I stated in the first paragraph, vegetables make us stronger, healthier and contain vitamins that help to build stronger bones. Sometimes we need to think about the animals first before our stomach. We need to compare their life style to ours and understand that they are almost the same as we are, so therefore when we hurt one of their peers it’s like we are hurting all of them. I know that this might seem crazy and you all might think I just came from rehab, but these are very important facts that one should consider before putting meat to their mouth.

Vegetables are much easier to prepare than meat, so therefore one can save a lot of time while preparing a vegan meal. Some individuals probably don’t mind taking half hour to prepare food, but as for those who want to eat their meal right away as they get hungry, then they should consider this fact. Vegetables contain less calories and can put your life at a lower risk of getting of getting diabetes and heart disease. Vegetables also give us a lot of protein and “can meet requirements when a variety of plant foods is consumed and energy needs are met. Research indicates that an assortment of plant foods eaten over the course of a day can provide all essential amino acids and ensure adequate nitrogen retention and use in healthy adults, thus complementary proteins does not need to be consumed at the same meal” (

I hope these were helpful facts that would actually help non-vegans to give the thought of becoming a vegan a chance. If you are someone who cares about your health, then please consider these facts. Most likely you will enjoy the outcome and hopefully one day become a successful vegan.


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