8 Reasons to Go Vegan

What are some reasons to go vegan? We’ve all heard about the lifestyle, but why is it right for you? You’ve probably heard that it’s good for you. That’s true–no matter what your health is like or your weight goals are. You may have also heard the environmental reasons. Not to mention the purpose of animal rights. It should be an all-around win. Let’s dig in to the specifics of the reasons to go vegan.

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.

The Reasons to Go Vegan

For some, adopting a vegan diet goes far beyond the plate. It extends to the clothes we wear, the beauty and personal products we use, and the beliefs we value. Here’s are a few ways that adopting a vegan lifestyle can make you happier and healthier:

1) It’s less expensive.

A vegan diet is typically cheaper than a conventional one. A recent study from the Journal of Hunger & Nutrition found that people who adopt plant-based diets save an average of $746.46 a year on groceries.

2) It’s healthier for you and the planet.

According to the American Heart Association, eating less meat can decrease your chances of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. The nutrients like beta-carotene, carotenoids, and flavonoids in vegetables are also anti-carcinogenic. In addition to boosting your own health, plant-based diets improve the health of the planet. Vegan diets require the use of roughly 219,000 fewer gallons of water annually and use 20 times less land than carnivorous ones.

3) It will lower your carbon footprint.

A study out of the University of Oxford found that diets heavy in meat (more than 100 grams per day), result in an average of 7.2 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per day per person. Alternatively, both vegetarian and pescatarian diets result in roughly 3.8 kg of CO2 per day. Unsurprisingly, vegan diets produce the least amount, coming in at only 2.9 kg of CO2 per day.

4) Treat or reverse health conditions.

This is one of our biggest reasons to go vegan. A plant-based diet is oftentimes even more effective than medication or surgery when it comes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. The World Health Organization stated that processed meat is a carcinogen, and The China Study shows the connection between casein (milk protein) and cancer.

5) Get and stay slim.

Vegans tend to average a healthy and normal body mass index compared to meat eaters. This may be due to the fact that animal products are higher in fat. They generally contain little to no carbohydrates. Dietary fat has more calories per serving and is easily converted into body fat, as opposed to calories from carbohydrates. Also, the overall calorie density of animal products leads people to more easily overeat, while we could load up our plates with sweet potatoes and veggies instead! There may also be growth stimulating hormones naturally found in animal products.

6) Better skin and digestion.

Believe it or not, what you eat can affect the way your skin looks and how your body breaks down food. For most people with acne-prone skin, dairy and eggs are some of the worst offenders. Getting rid of fatty foods (including all animal products, fried foods and processed oils) reduces acne. On a vegan and gluten-free diet, you will notice huge improvements with your digestive system.

7) Morality and social justice.

Of our reasons to go vegan, this one hits closest to home. Anyone who adores animals has probably wondered about the difference between the animals we care for and those we breed and kill to eat. Similarly, anyone who is opposed to injustice in the world should pause and think about the fact that we breed and kill billions of animals every year, just so that we can eat them.

8) Science confirms we have no need to consume animal products.

A well-balanced vegan diet can easily provide all the nutrients we need to thrive. Scientific evidence demonstrates a vegan diet is not only a viable option for people of any age, but that eating plant foods instead of animal-based foods will bring huge health benefits.

So there are our reasons to go vegan. Once you go vegan, you’ll soon realize that it is not hard. Chances are you won’t even miss the foods you were eating before, simply because you’ll be feeling so great! Many foods are actually better vegan. If you’re ready to give a vegan lifestyle a try, start with a meal plan from Fresh n’ Lean and see how delicious healthy, vegan food can be.


Resources:

  1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24992/4-reasons-to-go-vegan-that-arent-all-about-your-diet.html
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  3. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-environment/
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