Originally Posted by strange_wings
Oh, and I've heard of people that are vegetarian diets having gallbladder problems, too. It seems that its something that some of us are just prone to getting.
Really? I have never even heard of Gallbladder stones before. A friend of mine had kidney stones, said they hurt
They didn't eat very good, but the main thing was they stressed like crazy. I still stand by eating better can and does make a difference in total health
It is something within our control, we control what we put into our bodies. We can't control genetics.
Eating better (more healthy, well balanced in real foods, less processed, no fast foods/sodas, etc.) is a no brainer for me, why not, when the benefits are so huge health wise if you do if right with a bit of effort? An added bonus is that I actually find fruits and vegs tasty! Many don't as much.
And many just can't be bothered, which is too bad. On my SO's side one has lost a large percentage of their kidneys due to not eating correctly (type 2 diabetes). There is a also a co-worker I have that ate too much meat and had health problems from it. They are still meat crazy but try to be a better about it.
And I am not a vegetarian, I just eat a lot of fruits and vegs (hooked on them as Lore said) and still eat meat products (not often eggs, fish (at least once a week), not often milk, cheese, rarely turkey chicken) but haven't eaten pork, beef, lamb, etc. in decades. I won't ever go totally veg, but I do like the concept and like reading about it and studying it and I think a lot of people would benefit from less meat and more fruits and vegs. Less processed foods, more real foods. I understand also not everyone has access to a well balanced diet of fresh foods, like whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegs but those that do should take advantage of that.
I think a lot of people in today's society would be eating a lot less meat if they were the ones at the slaughterhouse preparing the animals, if they saw how the animals lived before hand and what goes into it. They would at least go organic! lol. Mostly consumers have no idea as they pick up that small package of meat at the store or eat that premade burger what really happened to that animal, they don't want to know either. Just a non-issue. Meat scares happen all the time, more often than you hear of veg scares, mostly due to improper handling. But of course that alone is not a reason to give it up completely, but it might be to some.
Originally Posted by Yosemite
..less preservatives and pre-prepared food.
Yes, this would be good.