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meat vs. vegetarian

            Healthier being a meat-eater or a vegetarian.
             There are many eating habits all around the world. Most people don't decide what they want for their eating choice until they are the age where they can decide what they want, without causing any health problems. In today's society, adults are finding an increase in health problems and many children are deciding at a younger age that they don't want to eat meat. Why is that? Do they know what eating meat could do to them, or do they not eat meat because they don't want to harm animals? There could be many reasons why children are now avoiding meat and changing their eating habits at a much younger age. More adults are realizing this and thinking- could I be healthier from not eating meat and becoming a vegetarian? I am going to prove that eating less meat and becoming a vegetarian is better for your health.
             The American culture is used to eating three meals with a few snacks in between each day. Two out of the three meals normally include some form of meat. Most people don't realize the risks of eating meat. Today's medical experts say that avoiding meat helps to avoid saturated fat, which is a contributing factor in high cholesterol as well as higher incidents of heart disease. Scientist and medical experts have found out from studies that women who eat meat daily have a fifty percent greater risk of developing heart disease than vegetarian women and a sixty-eight percent greater risk in men (staff writer for web MD). People may not know about serious diseases meat can obtain, such as mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease. In the September 1999 issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases, approximately 76 million food borne illnesses- resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from improperly cooked or diseased meat (Licher). Salmonella poisoning is a harmful bacteria that can be obtained from the consumption of meat when not properly prepared.

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