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BY LUIS BUENAFLOR JR.
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LET’S take a break from politics and fat ugly bitches. There are far more important things in this world than talking about a has-been or a never-was two-bit actress riding on the issues to revive her career that never took off in the first place.
Yup, I’m talking about Agot Isidro and her remarks about President Duterte that smacks of a severe case of colonial mentality. Don’t worry guys, maybe I’ll talk about her on Friday. And of course, I have not forgotten Sen. Leila de Lima and her latest antics produced by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, you know that CBCP.
Since nothing new happened in “I Am Iloilo”, former World Mayor No. 5 Jed Mabilog is still on the drug protectors list so we won’t also talk about him, or maybe just a small mention of his picture with President Duterte in the background that went viral and gave a lot of people fits of uncontrollable laughter.
So what are we talking about? We’re gonna talk about the effects of being vegetarian on children. Is it good or bad?
More than one million kids in the United States are either vegetarians or vegans. Although we do not have the exact numbers, here in the Philippines there is a steady rise of children who are born to vegetarian parents and are vegetarian since birth. I would like to show you here the benefits of being vegetarian since birth.
“Children who grew up getting their nutrition from plant foods rather meat have a tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer,” said Benjamin Spock, M.D., author of the highly acclaimed parenting guide, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.
How do vegetarian kids measure up?
* Average IQ – Vegetarian kids, 116; Non-vegetarian kids, 99 (Sources: Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the Los Angeles Times)
* Eating Habits – Vegetarian Kids, 50 percent eat enough fruits and vegetables; Non-vegetarian kids, one percent eat enough fruits and vegetables (Sources: John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America Pediatrics: Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
* Physical Development – Vegetarian and non-vegetarian children grow at a comparable rate, according to the American Dietetic Association.
* Obesity – Vegetarian kids eat no cholesterol and less fat, and vegetarian adolescents eat fewer sweets, fastfoods and salty snacks than non-vegetarian kids do; fir non-vegetarian kids, more than nine million kids over age six are overweight.
A 2005 study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that the more cow’s milk kids drink, the more likely that they are to be overweight.
You may ask, what’s all this got to do with animal welfare or pets for that matter? The best way of expressing that you care for your pets is simply by not eating them.
Let me add to this by not eating meat we reduce the carbon footprint that aggravates global warming. So not eating meat means you save animals, yourself and the world./PN