In the 19th Century, there were 80% Vegetarians & 20% Non-vegetarians in India but the latest survey shows that there are 71 % Non-vegetarians, 28% Vegetarians, and 1% Vegans. NOW THE QUESTION COMES TO MY MIND, WHY SUCH VAST CHANGES CAME?
There can be many reasons behind it.
- Change in Lifestyle,
- Change in Eating Style,
- The Mindset of the People,
- The requirement of necessary nutrition and many more depend upon different situations.
Due to this vast change, can we say vegetarian food is underrated?
Let us discuss some facts below which help to reach the conclusion
The Fitness Industry and the Vegetarian Diet
As we know that the fitness industry becomes trending nowadays. Not even youngsters all age group people follow fitness sources like gym, yoga, exercises, etc. Diet plays important role in fitness for a more healthy living. For bodybuilding, proper nutrition is very important. Non-vegetarian food considers as the best source of nutrition, but what about vegetarian people and vegetarian food?
This is a great “myth” among people. A balanced vegetarian diet also helps in body-building and helps in a healthy lifestyle.
“VEGETARIAN DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS” (Full of nutrition)
Grains are subcategories in the two different forms.
1. Whole grain
Whole grain is contained of the entire grain kernel, the bran, germ & endosperms
Some of the examples -Wheat Flour, Bulgur(Cracked Wheat), Oatmeal, Whole Corn-meal & Brown Rice, etc.
2. Refined grains
Refined Grains are enriched with B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic acid), and after processing iron is also added.
Some of the examples are – Popcorn, Wheat Crackers, etc
The requirement of grains in your body depends upon your age, sex, and level of physical activities you perform. Half of the number of grains you daily eat should be whole grains. whole grains are enriched in carbohydrates which is necessary for the bodybuilding exercise. whole grains are more beneficial than refined grains.
3. Green supplements
Green supplements are trending nowadays. kale, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa grass, blueberries, raspberries are some main ingredients of green power. It helps in the fitness of the body, makes you healthy and energetic but it also has some demerits like a lower amount of fiber present in it and many more, if a person takes an improper amount of supplements it may prove negative for your body.
Sprouts are very effective for work out diet, and health goals like weight gain or weight-loss/. If your workout schedule is in the morning then having sprouts as breakfast is beneficial and avoid raw sprouts as a post-workout meal, it may cause flatulence or take as in cooked form.sprouts will boost your blood circulation, and prevent aging. Sprouts are easy to eat and digest.
It is very important to eat raw and fresh vegetables in the form of “salad”. It is enriched with vitamins and minerals. Helps in weight control and provides powerful antioxidant-in in your body. It is very effective for a healthy lifestyle. Making of salad is a very time friendly process as you just wash, cut, and mix all fruits and vegetables. Salad is full of nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Salad is a natural source of fiber and consuming an appropriate amount of fiber has several health advantages. Salad is also good for the heart and prevents you from cardiovascular disease.
Modern science view about vegetarian food
According to Modern Science,” If you wanna build body, your body requires more protein. Most of the gym trainers and nutritionists suggest people adding more animal food in their diet. As animal food is very rich in amino acids consists of histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine.
Modern Science also says that “animal flesh is very rich in several vitamins and minerals like B12, Niacin, and Selenium”.
Vegetarian food is also rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins like green vegetables, grains, dairy products, dry fruits. If vegetarians take a mixed and proper diet. It proves very beneficial for their healthy lifestyle. It also helps vegetarian bodybuilders to gain muscles.
The concept of the rate of consumption of vegetarian food and nonvegetarian food is very mythical and theoretical, but practically there is a difference.
Best vegetarian food for Beautiful Skin
- Sweet Potatoes etc
Best vegetarian food for weight loss
- Leafy Greens
- Mushrooms, etc
Best vegetarian food for eyesight
- Green leafy veggies like spinach, collars, and kale
- Citrus fruits like orange
- Bell peppers, etc
Best vegetarian food for better hair growth and prevent hair fall
- Spinach is a great source of iron
- Dairy products are rich in biotin help in hair growth and prevent hair fall
We live in a country where most of the population is Hindu. In Hindus, it is a religious belief that eating beef is prohibited as they worship cows.
Jain founded the philosophy of Ahimsa and then Buddhist & Brahmins followed it, but soon Sudras were denigrated because they killed insects and animals to survive.
During the Vedic and post-Vedic period the person who came into contact with dead animals/bodies was declared by Hindus as impure.
Some Indian people still follow their customs, tradition, and spiritual thinking, for vegetarian food is the only required food they believe vegetarian food as pure and nonvegetarian food is impure. According to them, the flesh is only eaten by devils
AYURVEDA believes that a man who is the most evolved animal on Earth should eat consciously creating the least amount of violence. For optimum physical and mental health, nonveg food is abstained from. However, the choice is rest on the people and it shall bear the consequence.
Different people have different viewpoints and different eating styles. Different kinds of food have different pros and cons, but we can’t say that “Vegetarian Food is Underrated”.
Yes, we accept the reality that there was a vast difference in the consumption rate of veg and nonveg food from the 19th century to the 21st century but we do not fully depend upon a non-vegetarian diet.
Vegetarian food is the best food for India?
India is a tropical country. with cumbersome heat and rain. weather is good for most kinds of cereals and veggies to grow here and on the other side, most European and North American nations have nonvegetarian habits because of their necessity as vegetative growth is not abundant there.
Cleansing vegetables is much easier than cleansing nonveg, meat contains more protein as compared to vegetables but is also contains the waste of the animals.
A major proportion of India consists of the rural population which depends on agriculture for their livelihood. Economically, vegetables are more preferable than meat. Meat is costly in India as compared to vegetables
COMPARISON – Vegetarian Food list /Non-Vegetarian food list
We cannot compare vegetarian and nonvegetarian food items in taste. Every individual has its own taste, belief, mindset, and choice of eating. We cannot say that “India is a purely vegetarian country” or “India is purely nonvegetarian country”. Some other countries in the world are depending upon the animal food as vegetative growth is not abundant there.
The rate of consumption of eating nonvegetarian food increased from the last few years. In India, some people are pure vegetarians. No one changes their religious belief and their mindset for their tradition. They follow the norms taught to them since childhood.
ACCORDING TO ME
” Vegetarian food can never be stated as underrated” especially in India
Vegetables and fruits are rich in nutrients. Vegetarian food is a healthy diet as we consume in a proper manner. It is full of benefits for our inner strength and some daily routine problems of the skin, hair growth, obesity, etc.we cannot remove the vegetarian diet from our lifestyle.