As you’ve probably noticed, at Housebites we like celebrating different foods each week, alongside the rest of the nation. Last week it was ‘British Sandwich Week’ and ‘National Doughnut Week’ (double whammy – JACKPOT!), but this week the food world is taking a turn for the healthier…because yes, it’s National Vegetarian Week.
Meat-eaters are often pretty unaccepting of vegetarians. They can’t understand why anyone would voluntarily choose not to eat fresh, juicy meat. But the thing is, there are some fantastic, veggie dishes out there, and there are certainly other things you can eat to give you the protein that meat pumps you full of.
So, in honour of National Vegetarian Week, we’ve picked a few interesting facts about vegetarianism (detailed on www.vegsoc.org) which might interest you guys:
- Every day, in the UK alone, around 2.3 million land animals are slaughtered for meat.
- A 2006 study, examining the impact of a typical week’s eating, showed that plant-based diets are better for the environment than those based on meat. An organic vegan diet had the smallest environmental impact, but the single most damaging foodstuff was beef. All non-vegetarian diets required significantly greater amounts of environmental resources, such as land and water.
- A well balanced vegetarian diet is known to bestow a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease, bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.
- The first vegetarian cookbook in the UK was written in 1812.
- The oldest Vegetarian Society in the world was formed in 1847 in the UK. They insist that the word ‘vegetarian’ is derived from the Latin word ‘vegetus’ meaning lively or vigorous…The Oxford English Dictionary states that it’s formed from the term ‘vegetable.’
So Vegetarian Week has now officially begun, and we’re certainly going to be embracing it here at Housebites. Our chefs have been sprucing up their menus in its honour, offering exciting Vegetarian Specials (which can easily be identified by the special veggie icon beside each). Even if you’re not a vegetarian, try out some of our veggie specials: they’re fresh, healthy, and will convince you that having meat or fish in your dish isn’t quite as essential as might first be supposed.