As suppliers of the best quality vegetable oils to customers across the food industry, here at The Kerfoot Group we are always interested in food related events. Last week (from 20th to 26th May 2013) was National Vegetarian Week & being Kerfoot’s only resident vegetarian I felt a duty to write a blog!
The Vegetarian Society organises National Vegetarian Week to promote the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Many vegetarians choose to give up meat through concerns about animal welfare but there are a host of other excellent reasons to reduce your meat consumption. Don’t worry carnivores, of course I’m not suggesting you give up meat entirely, but even one meat-free day a week can have a great impact on your health & the environment. Here are some surprising veggie facts:
- Vegetarianism has traditionally been linked to the people of ancient India. Even today, Indians make up more than 70% of the world’s vegetarian population.
- A diet containing meat requires 3 times more resources as a vegetarian diet. According to Wikipedia.org, growing crops for farm animals uses nearly half of the United States’ water supply & 80% of its agricultural land.
- Research has shown that vegetarians are less likely to suffer from obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, some diet-related cancers, appendicitis, constipation & gallstones.
- The list of famous vegetarians includes Sir Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osborne, Sinead O’Connor, Brad Pitt, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford & Leonardo da Vinci.
- The word “vegetarian” is derived from the Latin word “vegetus” meaning lively or vigorous.
Becoming a vegetarian (even just a part time one!) opens up a huge exciting new world of food & there are so many delicious healthy recipes to try. Meat can be substituted with all sorts of foods that you may never have even tried. How about grilled halloumi cheese kebabs drizzled with Kerfoot Extra Virgin Olive Oil or a spicy tofu & vegetable stir fry with our Toasted Sesame Oil.
Be adventurous, I promise you won’t even miss the meat!
Nicola Lyons, HR Coordinator