Defenders and opponents of vegetarianism often get carried away in endless battles of arguments at the end of which both sides claim the victory while the truth is somewhere in the middle. Vegetarianism is not equally good or bad for everybody. It is a lifestyle choice that has its advantages and disadvantages and it is up to every individual to either choose it or ignore it.
I focused on advantages of vegetarianism in my previous article. Now it is time to focus on the cons of vegetarianism. It is entirely up to you, the reader to decide which side you like best or to opt for any one of numerous other alternative dietary theories. So, here are the disadvantages of vegetarianism:
Unnecessary and difficult to keep up
While some people might laugh at this disadvantage of vegetarianism, it is true that many people fail because they either miss the taste of meat too much or cannot compose a well-balanced menu. Getting enough of all nutrients human body needs is much more difficult for vegetarians. Simply eating everything that grew out of the ground will not do it. This difficulty also leads us to the next disadvantage, but first a few thoughts on necessity of vegetarianism for your health.
Also, big disadvantage of vegetarianism is that it is not necessary for a healthy life. Regardless of what some vegetarian zealots preach, normal meat is not unhealthy or toxic for human body. Only meat from livestock fed by stuff they do not naturally eat can be unhealthy. Though, quality fatty meat can also be dangerous for one’s health, but mainly because it is high in calories and our body will most likely store all the fat. Some stuff, such as liver is actually very beneficial to one’s health. Also, some nutrients/substances are absorbed and used much more effectively when taken from meat – our body can make them, but getting them readily available in your food saves your body the trouble.
Vegetarianism is potential danger to one’s health
Since many vegetarians fail to eat a balanced diet their health suffers. Thus vegetarianism is not a healthy choice for everyone. Also, food supplements necessary for many vegetarians are not as effective as getting said nutrients from meat. People who eat fish can manage to avoid these problems. However, many vegetarians do not eat fish and do not consider fish eaters to be vegetarians.
Excessive weight loss
Another problem that many vegetarians experience is excessive weight loss, although, this is the biggest issue among more extreme groups such as vegans. Regardless, imbalanced vegetarian diet can easily lead to excessive weight loss too. I personally met several long-term vegetarians (regulars, not vegans or other extremists, some of them even ate fish) who looked like they just got liberated from Nazi death camp and I mean that seriously.
Another big problem is that vegetarianism can lead to bad health and shortened life-span. This is, of course, only result of ill-balanced vegetarian diet and does not occur when person gets all the needed nutrients. Regardless, it is a disadvantage of vegetarianism usually connected with excessive weight loss.
To conclude, while vegetarianism is a healthy choice for some, it has exactly the opposite effect for others thanks to its disadvantages. Most disadvantages of vegetarianism originate from the fact that eating a well-balanced diet is very difficult for vegetarians since vegetable foodstuffs lack some nutrients our body gets from meat. The fact that vegetarianism is unnecessary for healthy lifestyle is yet another big disadvantage. After all, most people do not like to give up so much and live a more difficult lifestyle if it is not necessary.
Note – please read!: This article on disadvantages of vegetarianism was written as a counter-balance to my article on advantages of vegetarianism that can be found here – http://socyberty.com/lifestyle-choices/advantages-of-vegetarianism/ . Anyway, while I am not a vegetarian and I love meat, I also do not condemn vegetarian way of life. It is a thing of personal preferences and choice that can be beneficial to some people but not to everyone equally. There is no single best lifestyle. Please keep that in mind.