You more than likely have asked yourself that question at one point in your life. As a person that has been vegetarian for close to six years, not to mention has gotten expert advice from world-class chefs and dietitians, there are a ton of terrific reasons to take the leap and start cutting meat out of your diet.
Millions of health-minded people are looking for ways to cut fat and calories out of their diet. When you stop eating meat, you take out a some dietary time-bombs that can lead to cancer and other major diseases. This doesn't include the chemicals that are getting into your body by eating any kind of meat. The animal processing industry uses various growth hormones, antibiotics, and other unnatural chemicals that you ingest and process.
You can also take into account the impact on the environment. Research has shown that the high levels of toxic gases put out from the daily excrement of millions of pigs, cows, fowl, etc. is far more harmful to the environment and atmosphere than the millions of cars on the road. As well, the dizzying amounts of food necessary to feed the millions of head of livestock necessitates additional millions of pounds of pesticide and other chemicals, which can seep into our water reservoirs.
One more element of the vegetarian debate deals with the less-than-humane ways animals are processed for eating. People often think chickens, pigs, cows, etc. that are brought up on factory farms lead happy lives, similar to how we treat our dogs and cats.
However, the truth is that most farm animals lead horrific existences and are treated as nothing more than a product; not living creatures. To fully comprehend the reasons to become a vegetarian, you have to look at the fact that most livestock are forced to live out their lives in tiny spaces, many times not even given enough room to stand. They suffer from painful diseases and are kept viable so that they can get to the slaughterhouse, where they are shocked, hit with electric bolt guns, have their throats slit, and some are even dumped into scalding water while still conscious.
All that said, anyone can lead a healthy, ethical life by exploring a plant-based diet. People who eat less or no meat often have lower incidences of disease, and several report feeling a significantly higher level of focus and concentration all day long.
And for the people who are concerned that all they will be eating is carrots and soybeans, think again. It might surprise you to learn just how great vegetarian food can taste. With a myriad of tasty, simple, and fast cooking techniques, not to mention faux meat products, you will undoubtedly be satisfied. This also takes into account the once-in-awhile treats that will convince you you're eating cheeseburgers, bacon, sausage, chicken, and more.
Consider how much impact you will have on the planet and your own life by taking animals off your plate. You'll likely feel healthy and look terrific, not to mention making a significant impact for the rest of the planet.