"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein
As many of you, since I was a kid I was fed mostly of animal products, such as milk, eggs, cheese, chicken, steak, and pork. But, after learning about the many health benefits of a vegetarian diet and the need of preventing the risk of diseases I recently agreed to become vegetarian.
(Preview of main points)
A) The need of preventing the risk of diseases
B) I will show you today why choosing to be vegetarian is extremely and healthy important.
I. By becoming vegetarian we can reinforce the need to prevent the risk of diseases.
A) The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom (2012) defines a vegetarian as: "Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter."
B) According to the National Stroke Association (2011) : "the leading cause of death of both men and women in the United States is heart disease. Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease, the most common of which is coronary heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis."
C) The Adventist Health Study (2012) found that non-vegetarians had a 54% increased risk for prostate cancer and an 88% increased risk for colorectal cancer, even after controlling for age, sex, and smoking.
D) According to the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the American Dietetic Association (“the ADA”): "approximately 65% of the U.S. population is overweight and 31% is obese. Vegans have much lower rates of obesity, and on average weigh 10% less than non-vegetarians."
E) The official position of the – very mainstream – American Dietetic Association ("the ADA") is that including animal products in one’s diet is not only unnecessary, but can actually be harmful to our health.
(Transition) Now I want to suggest some possible solutions to prevent the risk of diseases.
II. I will show you today why choosing to be vegetarian is extremely important for human health.
A) There is now a large body of scientific evidence that irrefutably demonstrates the power of plant-based diets for preventing, managing and even reversing some of the most serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, according to the ADA (2010) .
B) The same source reported that in 2009, based on their findings (that vegetarians have consistently lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity than meat-eaters), the ADA published their official position paper on plant-based diets, in which they conclude that vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for all people during all stages of life, including infancy and pregnancy.
(Transition) Additionally, this information can also help us to understand better
A) The National Stroke Association stipulates that: "Fortunately, for most people, preventing strokes and coronary heart disease is as simple as eliminating animal products, adopting a vegetarian