Carrie Underwood was interviewed on VH1’s, “Behind the Music” where she was injured when being fitted for an in-ear mold. During this interview last month she almost had to drop out of the competition on “American Idol”. She also revealed that she became a vegetarian at a young age. Taste of Country picked up this tidbit of information and reported further on Oct. 27.
Carrie grew up in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch. After some time she realized these animals were not just farm pets. That eventually they would become a food source for many other families. Watching her parents perform some activities in their hometown pastures sickened Carrie. From that day forward she decided to make the change and became a vegetarian; never to consuming meat or their by-products again.
What Carrie Underwood did was identify the cruelty the animals she loved had to endure. Now she abstains from not only meat but also poultry and seafood. That is what a true vegetarian’s diet eliminates.
According to the Vegetarian Society which was founded in the year 1847 the word vegetarian was derived from the Latin word, vegetus. Vegetus is defined as lively or vigorous and eventually was believed to come from the word vegetable.
What all vegetarians need to know is that even though being a vegetarian is a healthier lifestyle to undertake it also has some health challenges that can cause deficiency when red meat protein is eliminated from one’s diet.
Vegetarians often have a lower body mass index, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels; are less likely to suffer from diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. These are all good traits. On the other hand vegetarians are more likely to be deficient in vitamin B12, may have an increased chance of depression, osteoporosis as well as a higher risk of liver, esophagus and colon cancers.
Carrie Underwood proves to the world that her lifestyle choice was the right one for her. She is as healthy as her voice is strong and certainly enjoys her vegetables! She was also nominated as one of the sexiest vegetarian celebrities by PETA.
© 2012 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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