From a philosophical point of view, I can understand vegetarianism as a concept. I am totally in favour of the ethical treatment of animals. I am no big fan of the inhumane slaughter of animals. I don't even like animals being used for entertainment in circuses or at aquaria.
From a health perspective, however, I'm not convinced that a strict vegetarian diet is conducive to good health. The statement that “vegetarian dishes are ALWAYS considered as healthy options” [emphasis mine] does not hold water.
I am sure that a majority of nutritionists would NOT agree with the statement that vegetarian dishes are always healthy. There are certain vitamins and minerals that can only be obtained from meat, poultry, dairy products, and fish.
Not only that, many vegetarian restaurants in Asia load their dishes with nitrate, salt, MSG, and other substances to trick your taste buds into thinking that the food tastes good.
Food Poisoning at Buddhist Temple
The worst case of food poisoning that I have ever experienced was the result of a vegetarian meal that I had at a Buddhist temple in Macau. After that horrific ordeal, I read that experiences such as mine were actually quite common.
Which is not to say that I NEVER eat vegetarian dishes. But to me vegetarian means fruit and vegetables that appear to be such and that have NOT been doctored to make them look and taste like meat, poultry, and/or fish.