The meat versus vegetarian debate is a heartfelt and passionate discussion. There are arguments to both sides:
-Meat is a source of significant protein, perhaps the richest source of proteins among all foods. The typical American citizen gets two-thirds of his or her protein from meat.
-Meat tastes great to many people. Research indicates meat has been a part of the human diet for millions of years.
-It's a source of nutrition. Meat contains concentrations of iron, B vitamins, niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin. Two-thirds of vegetarians are deficient in vitamin B12 specifically, but only five percent of meat eaters are.
-Planning out meals and diets are easier with meat, because there's so many dishes they can go with or into. Many restaurants either do not cater to vegetarians or vegans, or have extremely limited offerings.
-Adverse health effects include cardiovascular issues and heart attack from saturated fats accumulating in blood vessels, although this is predominantly a red meat issue as compared to "white" meats.
-Large amounts of meat, especially red meats, can impact the colon and other organs, increasing the risk of cancer.
-Uncooked, raw, or undercooked meat can result in bacteria, infections, and tapeworm.
-Producing meat destroys environmental resources. Nearly one-third of all ice-free landmass on the planet is dedicated towards raising livestock. This acreage would be far more efficiently used and feed more people if focused on vegetables and fruit instead.