2 January 2014 - QA 7

Gurudev, I am pregnant and I eat vegetarian food only. I was told that I should eat non-vegetarian food during my pregnancy to have a healthy baby. What do you say?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

I don’t agree to that. Most of the children born today and born in India, and people are vegetarian there, and in America also.
Millions of people in America are turning vegetarians. Even in Europe they have started to turn vegetarian. We have doctors that say that you should be vegetarian, and that the body cannot digest animal protein.

It is a wrong notion to think that we must eat meat in order to be healthy. It is not necessary. This is a wrong notion, ‘Oh if you don’t eat meat you will be very weak’. Come on, look at a horse! You say horse power, yet a horse is vegetarian. Elephants are vegetarian. Giraffes, Zebras are vegetarian. The big fives except the lion are all vegetarian. They are not weak.
Even cows are vegetarian. Bulls are so strong. This is a wrong notion in people’s mind that only if you eat meat you will become strong. Meat causes so many diseases. Go on the internet and you can find a lot about it.