In Their Own Words: What do you think about vegetarianism?
Five UI students say what they think of the meatless diet.
Elijah Helton, Opinions Editor
Kathleen Parker, UI Senior
“I’m not a vegetarian. I’ve heard it’s healthy, but that you can also lose certain nutrition that you might need like proteins from meats. But I do like vegetarian options. I won’t eat chicken nuggets sometimes; I’ll go for vegan nuggets because I’ve heard vegetarian options, in general, are healthier.”
Tionna Tobias, UI freshman
“I think it’s a good thing to do if you do it the right way. When I did track, it wasn’t good because I didn’t have the right supplements to keep me going and keep me strong. If you’re here in Iowa the dining halls have nice stuff to eat if you want to be a vegetarian because they have a variety of options."
Trajae Lackland, UI junior
“I love all types of meat. In my [exercise science] major, you’re not really supposed to just eat vegetables because it’s not good for your body. But they’re some people out there that figured it out, and they eat certain types of proteins to get that nourishment. Personally, I wish I could eat just vegetables every day, but I could never because I like meat."
Thomas Laughlin, UI freshman
“I don’t mind if people do if they have a good reason to — the thought behind it, why they do it. I’m not a vegetarian but I don’t care if other people are.”
Rylie Kelley, UI junior
“I’m a vegetarian. My parents were both vegetarian when I was born. I’ve just been a vegetarian since birth. Also, it’s probably a good thing to do because I don’t like to encourage the suffering of other creatures. And, it’s generally better for me.