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Top 10 Reasons to Go Vegetarian in 2007

Many people's New Year's resolutions include losing weight,

eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make

the world a better place. You can accomplish all these

goals by switching to a vegetarian diet, and you'll enjoy

delicious, satisfying meals as well. Here are our top 10

reasons to go vegetarian in 2007:

1) Slim Down While Feeling Good

Is shedding some extra pounds first on your list of goals

for the new year? Vegetarians are, on average, up to 20

pounds lighter than meat-eaters.

( And unlike unhealthy fad

diets, which leave you feeling tired (and gaining all the

weight back eventually), going vegetarian is the healthy

way to keep the excess fat off for good while feeling full

of energy.

2) It's the Best Way to Help Animals

Every vegetarian saves more than 100 animals a year from

horrible abuse ( .

There is simply no other way that you can easily help so

many animals and prevent so much suffering than by choosing

vegetarian foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.

3) A Healthier, Happier You

A vegetarian diet is great for your health


According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians

are less likely to develop heart disease

(, cancer

(, diabetes

(, or high blood pressure

than meat-eaters. Vegetarians get all the nutrients

( they

need to be healthy (e.g., plant protein, fiber, minerals,

etc.) without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you

down and makes you sick, like cholesterol and saturated

animal fat.

4) Vegetarian Food Is Delicious

So you're worried that if you go vegetarian, you'll have to

give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You

won't. As the demand for vegetarian food skyrockets,

companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat

and dairy product alternatives

( that taste like

the real thing but are much healthier and don't hurt any

animals. Plus, we have thousands of tasty kitchen-tested

recipes ( to

help you get started!

5) Meat Is Gross

It's disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with

feces, blood, and other bodily fluids, all of which make

animal products the top source of food poisoning in the

United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg

School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh

and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken

( was contaminated with

campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million

cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea,

cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Learn more

( .

6) Help Feed the World

Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals; it hurts people too.

It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals-in

fact, it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1

pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used

much more efficiently if it was fed to people directly. The

more people who go vegetarian, the more we can feed the

hungry. (

7) Save the Planet

Eating meat is one of the worst things that you can do for

the Earth; it's wasteful

( , it

causes enormous amounts of pollution

( , and the meat

industry is one of the biggest causes of global warming

( . Adopting

a vegetarian diet is more important than switching to a

"greener" car in the fight against global warming.

8) All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a

"who's who" of today's hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix,

Natalie Portman, Tobey McGuire, Shania Twain, Alicia

Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell

( , INXS lead

singer J.D. Fortune (

, Benji Madden

( , Alyssa

Milano, Common, Joss Stone, and Carrie Underwood are just a

handful of the super-sexy vegetarians who regularly appear

in People magazine. Check out our recent "World's Sexiest

Vegetarians" poll

( for more hot,

compassionate celebs.

9) Look Sexy and Be Sexy

Vegetarians tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have

more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with

your special someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated

animal fat in meat, eggs, and dairy products don't just

clog the arteries to your heart; over time, they impede

blood flow to other vital organs as well

( .) Plus, what's sexier

than someone who is not only mega-hot, but also


10) Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Dog

While most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens,

fish, and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals

used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to

suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can

learn to play video games, and chickens are so smart that

their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that

of monkeys. Read more about these amazing animals

( .

Ready to get started? Take the 30-Day Veg Pledge

( and we'll help you every

step of the way. Have a happy, healthy, and humane new


Ankle Biter
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I am forwarding that article to a lot of my omni friends!

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Going veg wasn't a resolution of mine, but the end of my meat-eating just happened to start on the first of the month. The more I read about how animals are being treated in the foodmaking process, the more strengthened I feel about my decision. It's raising awareness with my roommates too, so that's always good.
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