Choosing a vegetarian lifestyle is a very personal choice made for many different reasons. We may want to live healthier lives, improve our health, reduce pollution or do our part to preserve the earth’s natural resources. Our motives may vary but can a vegetarian diet actually save you money?
First, let’s consider the health benefits; there are some well-researched studies that show plant-based diets can help reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and improve our overall well being. There is no denying the financial benefits of good health – the healthier you are the less you pay in medical bills. This savings alone are immeasurable as the cost of health care continues to increase yearly.
Now for the grocery bill, we all need protein but getting it from meat can be expensive. A vegetarian on the other hand can replace their protein with lower-cost ingredients, such as beans and soy. In fact many staples of the vegetarian diet cost very little – whole grains like quinoa, barley, legumes, etc. are very inexpensive especially compared to processed and packaged foods. This can be a huge savings on a daily basis.
Time is money and even though we tend to think fast food saves us time, the reality is the time you spend picking up fast food could be spent cooking a simple meal at home with your loved ones, another win-win situation.
Our environment has many issues to address and the affect the meat industry has on the environment is one of them. According the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste run off from factory farms is one of the greatest threats to water quality today. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports livestock production worldwide is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gases; this amount exceeds the emissions of all the cars, buses, planes and trains in the world-and globally, this costs us all.
If you decide to GO Vegetarian, the money you save on food and the contribution you make to our planet will not only save you money in this lifetime but may help future generations enjoy this wonderful planet that is our home.
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