In a packet of information I received from my chiropractor concerning helping fibromyalgia one part of it states whether it's a good idea to be a vegetarian. Here's what it says:
"The bottom line is that the amino acid sequences in protein are highly preferred by the body. When the protein is digested, it's broken down into amino acid sequences that are used specifically in metabolic reactions throughout the entire body. With vegetarianism, your body has to add sequences together to build them. It's more difficult to build them than to break them down.
One nutrient, vitamin B12 is very difficult to find in a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians will tell you that there are non-meat sources high in B12, however the truth is that the vitamin B12 in these sources such as blue-green algae is not absorbed well in the body.
Another thing to consider is that if you want to spend less time in the kitchen, eat high quality meats such as chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, wild meats, eggs and dairy products. They're a lot easier to fix than spending time planning and cooking beans, rice, legumes such as lentils.
I find that a lot of vegetarians are really not vegetarians. They're eating processed foods that are marketed to vegetarians. Tofu is a very processed protein, a far cry from real soybeans. Tofu ice cream does not count as a protein. It's processed and it's also very high in the glycemic index, which means that your body produces a lot of insulin after eating it. Tofu hot dogs are also processed, as is tofu turkey."
I would be interested to hear what some of you think.
All the best.