Another Reason to Be a Vegetarian in India

In a mystic land of India, around 60% of the people prefer vegetarian dishes over non-vegetarian food. While we Indians attach utmost sentiments to our culture, ritual and past eating habits, gen next are at full liberty to choose their life at their own wishes.

Today, certain section of the people eats vegetarian food while the rest chooses non-vegetarian dishes as their staple food menu for luncheon and dinner. But for all non-vegetarians out there, some harsh reality is there to encounter with. A recent report published by Guardian revealed that the Chickens raised here for food are dosed with the toughest and strongest antibiotics.

Once the news got viral now the health conscious people in India are in a dilemma on whether to continue their non-vegetarian eating habits or shift to totally vegetarian dishes?

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In India, Chickens and goats for food are never thoroughly inspected. Chickens and goats are often injected with hardest of antibiotics that raising some serious concerns over their possible impact on human health. Injecting heavy doses of antibiotics to chickens is not new. These things are incessantly happening for the last few years together as poultry owners want their chicks to look healthy and fresh 24x7x365.

Bad News for Chicken Lovers

Eating these chickens regularly will definitely hamper our digestive capacity and nullifying the utility of these antibiotics in the long run. With regular consumption of these chickens, residual substance of the injected antibiotics gets absorbed in our veins making our bodies more resistant to antibiotics in future.

A Study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that tones and tones of Colistin (strongest antibiotic) are shipped to India for the routine checkup of birds and animals, especially chickens. Poultry owners even without proper checkup under medical supervision, inject these antibiotics to birds even when they don’t need it.

Chickens and muttons available in the market are often impure because these creatures are injected with unnecessary amount of antibiotics and other medical substances which is totally uncalled for. Just to let these creatures look healthy and strong, their owners never routinely torture them with antibiotic abuse.

Health Risks Associated with Non-Vegetarian Foods

  • Saturated fat and cholesterol are in abundance in non-vegetarian foods than vegetarian ones.
  • Useful substances like Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) can be found in vegetables and fruits only.
  • Fresh vegetables and fruits keep our Blood pressure under control. Contrarily, meats and chickens raise our BP level.
  • People who tend to eat non-vegetarian dishes daily, face more chances of cardiac problems than vegetarians.
  • High fiber whole grains, grams and legumes are more stomach friendly than chicken and mutton.
  • The prevalence of cancer among non-vegetarian people is more common than pure vegetarians.

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The Conclusion

Finally, since childhood we are hearing the couplet that ‘an apple a day keeps doctors away’. So, definitely, rather than eating non-vegetarian dishes day in and day out, we should never underestimate the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Fresh green vegetables like broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collards, and spinach provide us with all the goodness of calcium and proteins far more than non-vegetarian stuff. These vegetables are lower in calories too. So, definitely, fresh fruits and leafy vegetables are always better option than chickens and muttons at any time of the day.

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