If you are not sure whether you can obtain all your nutritional needs of the body from a vegetarian diet, then you should not become one. But if you study any charts given on this subject you will clearly see that all the body's requirements - fats and carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals - are obtained in more than adequate quantities in vegetarian foods. If you are still not convinced, then consider the practical experience of vegetarians. The fact that innumerable people are vegetarians and have been for aeons in many parts of the world as a way of life, shows that vegetarianism does not lead to nutritional deficiency. On the contrary, it leads to wonderful health and a new lease on life.
We feel that Manu, the codifier of laws in ancient India, summed up the most sensible approach to the whole subject when he said: "There is no wrong in eating meat or drinking wine, but abstention therefrom gives many benefits."
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