Why Go Vegan?
First of all if you don’t know already, a vegan is someone who does not consume animal products or use any products that derive from them. They are Not The Same As Vegetarians, because vegetarians can still consume eggs, dairy, honey, and other things like that. Some people tell me they don’t get it, they ask “why should I become a vegan, what’s the point?” Well, there are a couple of reasons why people may choose to become a vegan.
- A vegan diet can prevent, treat, and even reverse heart disease. It can also reduce your risk of many of the common diet related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Animal products such as meat have high levels of saturated fat and can raise cholesterol, processed meats especially, has been linked to some types of cancer. (source)
- You can get all the nutrients you need to be healthy on a vegan diet. The only thing you have to supplement is vitamin B12. If you don’t like taking vitamin pills you can also get B12 via products that are fortified with vitamin B12, such as some vegan meat substitutes, almond milk, clif bars, and much more. Vitamin B12 is not made by animals, they are made by bacterial fermentation and is in the soil. Vegans dont get enough of it because we wash out the soils before eating.
- There are many ways to go vegan, and not all vegan foods are healthy (potato chips, fries, oreos.) But generally speaking if you stick to plant based foods in their whole and natural form, then you cant really go wrong with that.
- Factory farming is cruel and unethical in the way they raise and kill the animals. 55 million animals are slaughtered on a daily basis for human consumption. That’s over 2 million per hour and 28,000 per minute. If you go vegan you will be saving the lives of approximately 200 animals per year. If you are an animal lover then the best way to show your love for animals is to stop supporting the cruelty of the meat and dairy industry by going vegan today.
- There is no humane way to kill an animal, and free range farming is not as healthy and humane as you might think. Many hens in large-operation free range farms still suffer the same kind of ordeal as the hens in regular factory farming such as having their beaks sawed off with a hot blade, and then cramped together in a filthy and disgusting little shed.
Environment And The Planet:
- Livestock accounts for approximately 9% of the global CO2 emissions, 40% of methane emissions, and 65% of nitrogen dioxide emissions.
- Feeding livestock also take lots of food. The world’s cattle alone eat an amount of food that can feed over 8 billion people. The more people go vegan, the less livestock we have to feed and kill unnecessarily.
- There is a lot of water on the planet, but only 2.5% of it is fresh water. 70% of that water goes toward the agricultural industry, and 29% of that is used towards the production of animal products. Most of this water is used to irrigate the land on which grows food to be fed to the animals.
- Deforestation is a major issue that is caused mainly by the animal agricultural industry. About 80% of the deforestation is caused by animal agriculture, and cattle ranching has destroyed more rain forest and biodiversity than any other human activity on the planet.
So by now I hope you have gained some understanding on the reasons why you should go into a Vegan Diet and Lifestyle. There are many reasons to go vegan and not a whole lot of reasons not to. You do it for the benefit of your own health, the environment, the planet and the animals.
I hope this article has helped you in some way in deciding what diet and lifestyle you choose, if you have any comments and/or questions, please leave them below!