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Vegetarianismhasbeensteadilygainingacceptanceasanalternativetothemeat-and-potatoesbiasofthetraditionalAmericandiet.SeveralfactorscontributetotheinterestinvegetarianismintheUnitedStates.Outbreaksoffoodpoisoningfrommeatproducts,aswellasincreasedconcernovertheadditivesinmeatsuchashormonesandantibiotics,haveledsomepeopleandprofessionalstoquestionmeat'ssafety.Thereisalsoanincreasedawarenessofthequestionabletreatmentoffarmanimalsinfactoryfarming.ButthegrowinghealthconsciousnessofAmericansisprobablythemajorreasonforthesurgeininterestinvegetarianism.NutritionexpertshavebuiltupconvincingevidencethattherearemajorproblemswiththeconventionalAmericandiet,whichiscenteredonmeatproductsthatarehighincholesterolandsaturatedfatandlowinfiber.Heartdisease,cancer,anddiabetes,whichcause68percentofalldeathsinAmerica,areallbelievedtobeinfluencedbythisdiet.Avegetariandiethasmanywell-documentedhealthbenefits.Ithasbeenshownthatvegetarianshavealongerlifeexpectancythanthosewhoeatameat-centereddiet.TheU.S.FoodandDrugAdministration(FDA)hasstatedthatdatahasshownvegetarianstohaveastrongorsignificantprobabilityagainstcontractingobesity,heartdisease,lungcancer,coloncancer,alcoholism,hypertension,diabetes,gallstones,gout,kidneystones,andulcers.However,theFDAalsopointsoutthatvegetarianstendtohavehealthylifestylehabits,sootherfactorsmaycontributetotheirincreasedhealthbesidesdietalone.Vegetarianshaveahugenumberofstatisticsintheirfavorwhenitcomestopresentingpersuasiveargumentsinfavoroftheireatinghabits.Vegetariansclaimthatavegetariandietisamajorstepinimprovingthehealthofcitizensandtheenvironment.Americanseatover200pounds(91kilograms)ofmeatperpersonperyear.Theincidenceofheartdisease,cancer,diabetes,andotherdiseaseshasincreasedalongwiththedramaticincreaseinmeatconsumptionduringthetwentiethcentury.Manystatisticsshowsignificantlysmallerrisksforvegetarianscontractingcertainconditions.Therisksofwomengettingbreastcancerandmencontractingprostatecancerarenearlyfourtimesashighforfrequentmeateatersasforthosewhoeatmeatsparinglyornotatall.Forheartattacks,Americanmenhavea50percentriskofhavingone,buttheriskdropsto15percentforlacto-ovovegetarians,andtoonly4percentforvegans.Forcancer,studiesofpopulationsaroundtheworldhaveimpliedthatplant-baseddietshavelowerassociatedrisksforcertaintypesofcancer.Nutritionistshaverepeatedlyshowninstudiesthatahealthydietconsistsofplentyoffreshvegetablesandfruits,complexcarbohydratessuchaswholegrains,andfoodsthatarehighinfiberandlowincholesterolandsaturatedfat.Vegetarianism,adietthatfulfillsallthesecriteria,hasbecomepartofmanyhealthylifestyles.Somenutritionistshavedesignedtransitiondietstohelppeoplebecomevegetarianinstages.ManyAmericanseatmeatproductsatnearlyevery
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