is it cheaper to be a vegetarian??
August 1, 2007 9:54am CST
Meat is murdering your wallet!! give your views.
• United States
2 Aug 07
Many people think that they have to have meat in order to get the protein their bodies need. but the fact is that many vegetables are full of proteins.. Asparagus, boiled 1.00 cup is 180.00 grams with 43.20 calories contains 4.66 gm of protein and is 9.3 % of the daily requirements. Most of the legumes have something like 14 to 16 g of protein. Fish is a very good source of protein. They contain any where from cod having 26g of protein to tuna with the most having 33 g. Beef has 33g of protein and venison being the highest 34 g and chicken and turkey in between. Vegetables furnish not only protein but every thing else that the body needs. A lb of beans cast any where from 78 cents to possible $1.00 compared with 4$4 and $5 for ground beef. If the vegetables don’t suit your palate you can add herbs and spices to make them palatable. There are so many ways to fix vegetables that you won’t miss the meat.
• United States
4 Aug 07
I think it is very much cheaper to be a vegetarian because they don't buy any meats and that's like kind of expensive. I'm not a vegetarian but I have some friends who are. They go to the grocery and get stuff like whole grain pancakes and lots of vegetables. When I go to the grocery store, I get steaks, pizzas, ice cream, and things like that. Yeah so vegetarians do save ALOT more money than me.
• United States
9 Aug 07
I think it depends on what the meat eaters buy and on what the vegetarians buy. If both buy organic, then the meat eater is going to get clobbered. But if the meat eater goes to Aldis and the vegetarian goes to a health food store, then the vegetarian many not fair as well. With huge meat packs, sometimes meat is less than a dollar a pound, even for boneless and skinless meat. I've seen tofu for over a dollar a pound. It also depends on if the meat eater and the vegetarian cook from scratch or buy prepared meals. I've seen more expensive pre-made vegetarian meals than pre-made meat meals. Annie's premade meals are great, but they aren't cheap. Banquet has meat and it's very cheap. A zap it meal from Price Chopper is often 10 banquet dinners for $10. Look at hot dogs on sale and lightline soy dogs at full price and sometimes even on sale. If a person eats lentils and rice, prepared from scratch without any real expensive items added, then that would be cheaper than say stew beef and rice. If you buy staples and start from scratch, it can be cheaper to be a vegetarian. If both comparisons are organic or both comparisons are not organic, then it can be cheaper. But tahini isn't cheap, organic cashew butter isn't cheap. TVP is often very cheap, ( but it ought to be,it tastes like nothing). But I can raise an entire pig from garden weeds, old bread, and vegetable leftovers for hardly any money. The amount of beans I'd have to raise to equal that pig would be quite a bit. The pig is a complete protein, I'd still have to raise corn, wheat or rice to complete most of the proteins. Soy beans would be about the only exception. Plus the pig can plow the garden soil up with his snout and save the environement at the same time. He can fertilize as he goes and eat the weeds. So it depends. There are so many stores with so many deals on meat, vegetables, and so on, it really does depend. One week the vegetarian might come out ahead and the next week the meat eater might. An environmentarian vegetarian would come out the best. That's a vegetarian (source, Linda Runyon) who eats mostly food from their own environment. Esp. a wild and tame food person could really end up only spending a few dollars a week. But an environmentarian who also is a hunter as well as a gatherer could claim the same thing. Basically, it depends on what you buy, where you shop, and how much you are willing to do to prepare your food, also whether you buy average food or splurge on more exotic foods.