ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts.
A new from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.
Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer.
Love your music, Arlo Guthrie, but you can keep your sprouts and tofu, and I'll keep eating those burnt, dead animals. Or, to paraphrase Ted Nugent, you keep the rabbit food, and I'll take the rabbit.
Actually, I think more highly of Arlo and his ilk, who forgo meat for what they consider moral reasons, than I do of the healthier-than-thou lettuce eaters who look down on the rest of us for our death-wish diets. The healthiest lifestyle is one free from stress, which is all you get from obsessing over what you eat. Chow down and enjoy!