I came accross this site http://www.geocities.com/ivmatv/ which has a lot of information on Vegetarianism. This is what it says:
1. Vegetarianism is the only natural way of eating for humans
There are clear anatomical, physiological and psychological evidences of that.
Structure of digestive organs and composition of digestive secrets of human body is the best to acquire plant food, namely fruits including fruits themselves, vegetables, nuts, and grains.
You can see detailed info in the Plant Eaters Or Meat Eaters (the article is attached below) web page.
Saying figuratively, human being is designed to consume fruits.
However, the main evidence pro vegetarianism is its pleasantness and simplicity when it is right. Please let me explain what is right vegetarianism.
2. Being vegetarian presents currently a big difficulty
Since vegetarian diet is the most suitable human being, it ought to be pleasant, easy and joyful for us. However, people who try to transit to vegetarianism experience big difficulties instead. Several days of strict vegetarian diet would surely wake up a hungry beast of prey within you.
Many famous people failed in adherence to vegetarianism and appeared later to be not vegetarian - despitereports.
However, even people who currently reckon themselves as vegetariansare not such in the original sense of that word. In point of fact, there is no true vegetarianism among varied present lifestyles called vegetarian.
This means that something is wrong with vegetarianism at present.
3. What is amiss in the present vegetarianism?
Thus, we see that lifestyles pretending to be vegetarian are not natural contrary to the expectations. Their followers have to take pills or some kinds of animal food mainly because of principal absence of vitamin B12 in usual plant foods.
However, the problem can be easily solved in full accordance with the basic vegetarian principles.
The matter is that vitamin B12 missing in plant food appears within fruits as a result of fermentation after they come off their mother plant mature, or cutting off and following long-term lying in a warm place.
The fermentation occurs owing to activity of good microflora (community of microorganisms) that naturally lives within fruits. Remember how nice are slightly overripe fruits (bananas, kiwis, pears, for example). The nice taste of such fruits accords to their benefits! Our feelings do not mislead us!
But usually such fruits are treated as refuse. Really, they are perishable, and quickly turn bad.
However, just such fruits should be eaten. And just consumption of such fruits (or their substitutes - see further) makes vegetarianism in true sense of the word possible and allows us to reject any animal food and artificial supplements. You just experience no wish for animal food if you consume overripe fruits.
Besides production of vitamin B12, good microflora destroys some specific substances within fruits (phytates). Those substances prevent absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc etc. - another common problem of the present vegetarianism that is currently solved by means of supplements. Maybe this microflora improves fruits in some other ways too.
In a wonderful way, this way of eating corresponds to the basic principle of vegetarianism that tells us not to injure any living creature.
Saying living creature we usually imply 'animal', but plants are alive too and one injures them when one picks fruits, leaves, stems, shoots from them, or entire plant from the ground. Thus, we shouldn't eat food obtained in that way. Of course, we mustn't injure plants for any other purpose.
In the case we eat ripe and overripe fruits fallen off their mother plants we do not injure plants.
4. Available substitutes of ripe fruits
Of course, at present it's practically impossible to obtain enough supplies of ripe and overripe fruits. Currently fruits are produced industrially and taken unripe for the purpose of shipping and storage. However, this is no reason for giving up.
There are several easy ways to overcome the problem.
Don't put together different kinds of fruits! The matter is that different fruits contain different types of the microorganisms that can prevent activity of each other.
- Leaving purchase fruits in a warm place for several days to let them ripen.
- Leaving a mass of crushed/rubbed/cut/pulped fruits sit in a warm place for several hours (a night, for example).
- Leaving extracted juice of fresh fruits sit several hours (a night, for example).
- Leaving cut fruits, plus cold water with sugar dissolved in it, for a couple of days in a warm place (a night, for example).
Consume the foods and beverages obtained in these ways any time you want and as much as you want. Rely on you feeling, and relish them, they are not pills!
Those fermented foods and drinks are to be merely additives to your vegetarian board. You need not live on them only. But it is important that you refuse eating green parts of plants (lettuce, fennel, parsley etc) because they contain bitter substances that suppress that good microflora.