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New Medical Study Finds Vegetarianism Linked To Poorer Health
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Vegetarianism Might Not Be As Healthy As We Were Lead To Believe
by Joanna Rafael

Uh oh, vegetarians, your meat-free lifestyle could be less healthy than you think.

As a certified flip flopper between strict vegetarianism and a beast-like carnivorous diet, I was under the impression that being a vegetarian was simply healthier. Perhaps I was wrong. New research from the Medical University of Graz, Austria suggests that plant based diets are linked to poorer health and quality of life in a number of ways. In order to come to this counterintuitive conclusion, the researchers surveyed both vegetarians and meat eaters, examining their demographic characteristics, lifestyle differences and dietary habits. Per the researchers themselves:

“Our study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment.”

According to a CBS Atlanta report on the study, here are some of the health problems associated with vegetarianism:

Double the risk of allergies
More likely to suffer from depression or anxiety
Higher levels of impairment from chronic disease
50% increase in cancer risk
50% increase in heart attack risk

The research isn’t totally anti-vegetarian diet. They did find that vegetarians are healthier in a number of ways:

Lower BMIs
More active
Higher socioeconomic status
Less likely to consume alcohol

Since the conclusions of this particular study negates previous data showing the link between the consumption of red meat in particular and health problems, the scientists behind this study say that further research is needed to confirm their findings.

I’d be more “in your face, vegetarians. you thought you were sooo healthy,” but chronic disease and depression aren’t something I want to joke about. Choosing whether or not one eats a vegetarian diet is an entirely personal choice. Though the decision to forgo meat is sometimes fueled by the perceived health benefits, it’s often an ethical choice. Should further research confirm these negative health implications associated with vegetarianism, those who are meat-free for moral reasons will likely not be dissuaded by possible risks. Hopefully medical advances will be able to improve everyone’s quality of life, regardless of their meat intake.
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Although this study does not go there, I believe it confirms God's Biblical admonitions on diet; first to Adam, to eat plants and the fruit of trees, which was changed after Noah's flood, to a new commandment to man to include the flesh of animals within his diet.

Before the flood:

Gen 1:29 Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
Gen 1:30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, {I have given} every green plant for food"; and it was so.

After the flood:

Gen 9:3 "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as {I gave} the green plant.
Gen 9:4 "Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, {that is,} its blood.

The necessity for this was the accompanying new circumstances on earth, with the elimination of the protective canopy of water that had existed, above the earth's atmosphere, before the flood.

The destruction of this canopy left mankind more exposed to the harmful rays of the sun, subject to greater bodily stress, and in need of the protein available only from ingesting animal flesh.

Because my favorite meal has always been a two pound sirloin steak, rare, I applaud this ancient development (although in later years, with the learned moderation imposed by age, my choice has resorted to a one pound sirloin, medium-well, chased by a lobster tail, with drawn garlic butter).

The Biblical justification for eating lobster is Peter's vision:

Acts 10:11 and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,

Acts 10:12 and there were in it all {kinds of} four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.

Acts 10:13 A voice came to him, "Get up, Peter, kill and eat!"

Acts 10:14 But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean."

Acts 10:15 Again a voice {came} to him a second time, "What God has cleansed, no {longer} consider unholy."

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