IELTS Writing 12 Topics Sample #1/12 : Health 04

Some people think everyone should be a vegetarian, because we do not need to eat meat to stay healthy. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Opinion 1

Some people think that it is necessary for everyone to eat like vegetarians. Although I will agree that eating meat is not necessary in order to have a healthy diet, I believe that individuals should be allowed to choose as to whether they eat meat or not.

Studies have shown that many vegetarian diets can be healthy, sometimes healthier than diets which include heavy meat consumption People who have diets which are centered around fruits and vegetables may well have fewer health problems than those people who have diets in which meat is the main part of the diet. meat contains saturated fats which can have negative effects on a persons health.

That being said, meat can be an excellent source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Proteins are especially important to a diet and meats are one of the best sources of protein. Although there are non-meat items such as eggs, yogurt, dry beans, milk and some vegetables which can provide proteins, a person would have to eat a lot more of these alternative options to get the required amount of proteins. Also, meats provide the body with necessary fatty acids that can result in improved body immunity by preventing disease-carrying viruses. Meat consumption, which has been a staple of human diets since early man, can also provide people with loads of energy.

Although vegetarian diets can be conducive to good health, it should be pointed out that we can also receive valuable nutrition from meats which are often accessible to many people Whether a person should have a vegetarian diet or not should be left for the individual to decide.

Opinion 2

It is believed that vegetables play a crucial role in human health so there is no need to eat meat for being healthy. I would argue that it is narrow-minded to limit peoples choices on how to eat healthy.

Admittedly, science has proved that vegetables contain a variety of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are essential to human health. also a quite massive portion of vegetarian population demonstrates that human beings can live without meat, therefore eliminating meat form diet seems to be a sound choice.

However, we should not ignore the fact that not everyone can maintain their health in perfect condition by only relying on vegetables. Especially in some areas where some nutritious plants can hardly grow, local people need to find alternative sources like meat for adequate nutrition. Another example is that some people are allergic to plants like peanuts that are an important source of protein. If these people cannot eat meat, chances are they would suffer from malnutrition.

Moreover, there is a need to allow difference in diets. Since eating meat in moderation will not pose a threat to most people’s health but supplement necessary nutrition to their bodies I would respect their personal preferences on what to eat. As long as people successfully stay away from poor health, however they choose to sustain their well-being should not be interfered.

To conclude, there is nothing wrong to encourage more people to eat vegetables for better health, but forcing everyone to stop having meat is not reasonable in many cases.

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