Bacon tastes good. I know. Friends remind me of the savory, salty, mouth-watering flavor of the fried pork dish when we get on the topic of vegetarianism. The love-for-bacon argument is worn-out, and I imagine my friends are probably sick of hearing my hackneyed arguments for a vegetarian lifestyle. They probably have my health argument memorized (did you know that vegetarians have a lower likelihood of getting heart disease, many types of cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, food poisoning and obesity?).
And I’ll bet my friends are sick of the compassion argument too (I don’t like supporting an industry that raises animals in cramped, overcrowded spaces, artificially breeds them, separates them from their young, denies them sunlight and free air-and then trucks them to slaughter).
So forget all of my old (and really accurate) arguments. Here are five new reasons you should consider a vegetarian lifestyle:
Your heart and your brain aren’t the only organs getting clogged arteries due to the high cholesterol meat diet. And cholesterol has also been linked to impotence.
2. The great excuses
“I really wish I could try your ground beef pie, Aunt Gladys. But I’m a vegetarian.”
“If I wasn’t a vegetarian I’d go with you to that seedy rib joint.”
A stroll around the supermarket will show you that tofu, tempeh and textured vegetable protein are cheaper than pieces of chicken and dead cow. If the taste of soy products isn’t your thing, you can still find fresh vegetables cheaper than fresh meat.
4. You can still be fat, tan, and unhealthy
Don’t worry. Not all vegetarians are skinny, pale, and sickly-looking. French fries are French fries no matter how many steaks you skip. Just because you are a vegetarian doesn’t mean that you have to skip those Real World marathons on MTV curled up with a gallon of cookies n’ cream.
5.The Local Veggie-Friendly Eateries
If you’re not committed to a vegetarian lifestyle, I’d suggest that you try to be vegetarian for one lunch or dinner in the next couple of weeks; Orange County has some really good veg-friendly joints:
Au Lac Mix Vegetarian Restaurant
16563 Brookhurst , Fountain Valley 92708