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10 Genius Vegetarians

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10 Genius Vegetarians

Albert Einstein
Einstein in Western culture is synonymous with genius. Reports say he was vegetarian just for the last year of his life. However, he had a guilty conscience about eating meat, and agreed with the vegetarian outlook, “Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

Leonardo Da Vinci
One of the greatest inventors in all of human history, it is believed he was also a lifelong vegetarian who chose such a diet to avoid killing or injuring other creatures.

Nikola Tesla
He invented at least 700 devices, and was both an engineer and visionary. The form of electricity you are using right now to power your computer (alternating current) resulted from the work of Nikola Tesla.  Most accounts say Tesla moved gradually towards a vegetarian diet, first by eliminating meat but still eating fish, and then by quitting that also. He wasn’t vegan though, as he used dairy milk as his main protein source, after abandoning meat.

“It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact.” (Source: IVU.org)

Srinivasa Ramanujan
One of India’s greatest mathematicians, he was also a strict vegetarian.

Gandhi
The man is iconic enough that no description here is required. He was vegetarian most of his life.”If we are to be nonviolent, we must then not wish for anything on this earth which even the meanest or the lowest of human beings cannot have.” (Source: compassionatespirit.com)

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1:59PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

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1:58PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

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8:44PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

GREAT PEOPLE

2:17PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

I have never considered myself superior to anyone else simply because I am a vegetarian. My only wish is that everyone be educated as to the impact ALL of their choices make-not just diet. This information should be offered as objectively as possible without the holier-than-thou attitude.

1:46PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Marie B..thanks for that message..I went to look and there is was..Hitler not only ate birds but ham and other meats.

Always found it funny one would have mercy on animals but none for man. Guess it would never have been mercy but his own health he was concerned with.

Thanks..

1:40PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Wow I got quite a surprise in some of the comments.. I thought this was a light and fluffy piece but it has rised a few hackles and I am not sure why.. I think some assume that vegans think they are superior but really I do not think that is the case, I know for myself I worry about the health of others and yet I try not to nag.. I said try.

I would like to mention to those who think vegans should be skinny.. potato chips are a vegetable! And I do not think I have ever thought to call a meat eater fat because they eat meat.. a person gets fat because they eat to much. If you only at a hot dog a day you would not get fat...but if you ate ten then that would be different. If I ate potato chips once in a while I would lose weight..but I love my chips!

11:21PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Hitler was NOT a vegetarian. He loved eating squab (stuffed pigeon) and sausages.

http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/hitler.html

8:10PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Even evil genius, Hitler was a vegetarian too!

5:34PM PDT on May 19, 2011

Good article. Thanks for sharing.

5:14PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Health Benefits of a Vegan diet:

Disease Prevention

Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number of diseases. Find out from the list below what you could potentially avoid just by switching to a healthy, balanced vegan way of eating.

Cardiovascular disease. Eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan diet reduces the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.

Cholesterol. Eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all dietary cholesterol from your diet. Your heart will thank you for that.

Blood pressure. A diet rich in whole grains is beneficial to your health in many ways, including lowering high blood pressure.
Type 2 diabetes. Not only is a vegan diet a weapon against Type 2 diabetes, it is also "easier to follow than the standard diet recommended by the American Diabetic Association." Read more about it here.

Prostate cancer. A major study showed that men in the early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even reversed the illness.

Colon cancer. Eating a diet consisting of whole grains, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, can greatly reduce your chances of colon cancer.

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