In recent years, an ever increasing number of people have looked into and started their journey of a vegan diet. Usually due to three particular areas of concern; animal welfare, health, and to protect the environment. According to a 2018 Gallup study, approximately 3% of all the people in the US have fully gone vegan… That is over 11 million people!
As compared to a traditional meat based diet, a vegan diet tends to be lower in saturated fats and richer in nutrients. This diet can, therefore, help protect against disease, improve heart function, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. All illnesses closely linked to our diet.
Going Vegan is Good for Your Health
Did you know that a well-planned vegan diet contains all the nutrients that you need and can boost your health in a number of ways? Various different scientific research has confirmed that a vegan diet can help with the following:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce the amount of cholesterol in your body
- Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reduce the risk of cancer.
- Help you with losing weight
There is a really fun side to going vegan too… you’ll have a great opportunity to learn more about cooking and nutrition. You will spend a lot of time searching far and wide, to build up your knowledge of recipes, as well as nutrition for your body.
Going Vegan Helps Our Animals
While most people believe that eating animal products is ethical because ‘apparently’ we are at the top of the food chain, there is nothing ethical about taking life away from another being for our pleasure. Those who argue this way believe that animals have already lived their full lives hence will not experience any fear or pain when taken to the slaughterhouse. There are many documentaries which will show you the inner happenings of these slaughterhouses, which will make you reconsider whether animals feel pain.
So it goes without saying that a vegan lifestyle, saves animals lives and brings a more compassionate feeling around the world (and dinner table).
Veganism Is Amazing For The Environment
From cycling to work to recycling our household products, you know the common ways of protecting the environment. But, besides these, one of the things that you can do is to steer clear of all the animal products out there.
The production of meat and other products can really affect the environment. From the water and food required to feed the animals to all the other things involved, meat and dairy products can really be bad for the environment.
There are a lot of countries where millions of acres of land are used to grow crops meant for feeding animals. This has led to record levels of deforestation and animals losing their natural habitats.
Unlike animal products, a considerably smaller amount of water and plants are required to sustain a vegan diet. This means switching to a vegan diet is the most effective and enjoyable way to reduce the effect in the environment.
Veganism Is Great For Local Communities
Just as veganism is good for the environment, plant-based food is a more sustainable way of protecting communities. Contrary to what most people believe, a plant-based diet requires very little land. This leaves more land for communities and villages around the world, and not lead them to being destroyed to create lands to host more animals for food.
Avoiding animal products is one of the simplest ways to reduce the strain we put on natural resources and standing against the injustices that happen daily to our important animal kingdom.
A vegan diet comes with a number of health benefits. Research has also shown that a vegan diet is good for animals, the environment and the world in general. When you choose to embark on this amazing journey, it is important you plan your meals well and ensure your body gets all the appropriate amounts of nutrients.