Whether you’re thinking of becoming a full-blown vegetarian or you’re just looking to eat a little less meat, there are plenty of reasons that it’s a good idea to eat more vegetarian food.
The idea that we humans need animal protein to stay healthy is a myth. Don’t believe us? Here are some facts from the Vegetarian Society that we find pretty convincing:
- Compared with meat-based diets, a varied vegetarian diet contains less saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, and more folate, fibre and antioxidants.
- Research studies have found that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and type II diabetes.
- A vegetarian diet is sometimes recommended for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis and kidney problems.
- Vegetarian diets tend to be higher in fruit and fibre, which is linked to lower rates of colon cancer.
And here’s the big one: a 2013 study of over 70,000 people in the US found that vegetarians were 12% less likely to die of any cause during the 6-year study period.
Of course, whatever you eat, you’ll need to make sure your meals are balanced and nutritious and that’s where our vegetarian recipes can help.
This one’s a no brainer. It stands to reason that filling your shopping basket with vegetables and beans is cheaper than filling it with meat, chicken and fish.
You might argue that buying specialist vegetarian products from overseas or health food shops actually makes being vegetarian more expensive. But we strongly believe that you don’t need to look that far afield to get all of the delicious, nutritious vegetarian food you need.
All of our vegetarian recipes are specifically designed to use ingredients that you can find in Algeria without going to expensive specialist shops.
Supporting local farmers
A vegetarian diet goes hand in hand with eating a huge amount of fresh, seasonal, local produce. Our recipes taste best when prepared with ripe vegetables and fruit straight from the market, which is sure to keep your local farmer happy.
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You might not think it, but animal agriculture and fishing practices are two huge contributing factors in environmental degradation across the world. So eating less meat can actually reduce your environmental footprint. Here are some facts from Cowspiracy and The Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health to get you thinking:
- With current fishing practices, fishless oceans may be a reality by 2048.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
- Lamb is by far the food that produces the most greenhouse gases, followed by beef.
- Globally, cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day. Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
- Conservative estimates suggest that 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef (less than 500 grams).
The bottom line? Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
With statistics like that, reducing the amount of meat we eat even by a small amount has got to be a good thing.
Many people have objections to the conditions in which animals are kept prior to being slaughtered for food. Or they disagree with the unnecessary killing of living beings. Since it’s hard to know if “free-range” really means what it says on the tin, adopting a vegetarian diet is the only guaranteed way to make sure you’re not complicit in any negative food production practices involving animals.
If animal compassion is your thing, we’re here to make it easy to switch to a vegetarian lifestyle.