Going vegetarian in your diet (not consuming meat and dairy products, such as milk and cheese) can have a lot of health benefits, but because of a hectic schedule, it can be difficult diet to follow through.
The good news is that there’s no need to forgo meat and dairy products entirely. In fact, here are a few reasons why it can still be okay to still eat meat and dairy products along with fruits and vegetables:
1. Vegetarian products can get expensive fast.
As part of the shift in your diet, you would want to start buying products that don’t use meat or dairy products. However, as you go on, you would find that doing so can easily put a strain on your wallet.
2. Preparing your own meals can take time.
To stay committed to your shift towards a vegetarian diet, you may also want to start preparing your own food. However, this can take more time than you would like, especially with vegetable dishes.
The good news is you don’t always have to cook your own food. In fact, there are a lot of hawker stalls that offer vegetarian options in Singapore, and there are a good number of vegetarian restaurants.
3. You may end up with a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
B-vitamins are attached to animal proteins, and are responsible for factors such as stress management and brain function. However, this can be difficult to find outside of animal products, which is why a B-12 deficiency can be a potentially serious risk.
However, there are non-meat options to get this vitamin into your system, such as shitake mushrooms and even nutritional yeast.
4. You might be at risk of lower bone density.
Calcium is easily found in cow’s milk and cheese, but outside of animal products, it can be a little tricky to find the calcium that your body needs in order to keep your bones strong.
Luckily, there are other alternatives to cow’s milk and cheese to give you the calcium that your body needs, such as nuts and legumes. Feel free to pick up a healthy trail snack for your daily calcium needs!
5. Processed food can easily be an alternative to meat and dairy products.
You can go without meat or dairy products – most processed food is easily made without either – and you could still be at risk of a lot of conditions later on in life.
And because of the lack of protein in your diet, you will start to fill that in with a lot of carbohydrates and sugars. While they are fine in moderation (in fact, your body needs carbohydrates to break down into energy), too many carbohydrates can easily lead to weight gain and other health issues.