Vegetarianism can be a healthful diet that may prevent Heart Disease, Cancer, and Type 2 Diabetes. However, like other diets, it is very possible to not receive sufficient nutrients from the diet without proper planning and eating awareness. Vegetarianism can consist of a diet of bread, pasta, and cheese; although delicious, any diet can be unhealthy when it consists of too many foods from a food group, regardless of if it includes meat. Some may claim that going so far as a governmental mandate of a plant-based diet is the solution. This is equally impractical and ineffective. When the US government has attempted to regulate the individual consumption of substances such as alcohol or tobacco, a few cultural phenomenon have driven public policy, including social disapproval, scientific innovation, and shifts in public perception (Kersh and Monroe, 163-166). Although a few of these activities have begun, there is no large-scale movement to entirely cut meat out of our diets. Mandating less meat consumption as a governmental policy will not improve the eating habits of the American people.Food consumption is polarizing issue, with individuals adamantly sticking to their personal preferences. Eating is perceived as a deeply intimate act, one in which individuals make their own decisions about nutrition. Michael Pollan put it simply: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Before the government can even formally support meatless diets as preferable to those including large quantities of meat, vegetarian diets need the even footing that comes with governmentally-backed legitimacy. These changes are simple: rather than viewing primarily plant-based diets as an alternative to the mainstream, they should be presented as an equally legitimate diet that can provide the same nutrients of meat-based diets. Opponents may claim that these adjustments in language are trivial and will have no impact on the eating habits of ever day Americans in the grocery store. This is simply not true. Words matter, as do pictures. That infamous pyramid graphic design is known by all and questioned by few. Formal government acknowledgement of vegetarianism’s viability as a healthy eating practice – coupled with its ethical and environmental backings – is by no means the end-all-be-all solution to the healthy eating crisis plaguing the United States. However, this shift in messaging is an important and necessary first step.