Whether you’re trying to get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy and going on a vegan diet provides a variety of benefits. No matter what motivates you, here are 5 reasons why you should go vegan, and sneak a few more nutrient-packed foods into your diet.
Even eating vegan part-time can benefit your health
Vegans and those who do not eat animal products (even part of the day, or week) often have low rate of obesity, and on average weigh 5 to 20 percent less than those who eat meat.
You’ll age better
Eating a healthy meal plan can improve your skin through a vegan diet. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin and help improve the health of your skin’s cell and slow premature aging.
Change your plate, change the world
Nearly 20 percent of manmade pollution comes from the meat industry, putting factory farming a head of transportation in contributing to the greenhouse effect. What’s more, it takes about 40 calories of fossil-fuel energy to create every one calorie of feed-lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 calories of energy needed to create plant proteins).
According to VeganOutreach.org, one person can spare about 50 animals per year by eliminating animals from his diet. In 2011, USA Today reported that nearly 50 percent of Americans are trying to cut down on meat, while approximately one-fifth of students are vegetarian, vegan, or trying to eat less meat.
You’ll be healthier
Unhealthy eating — especially over the long term — can be a risk factor for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. If you miss out on fruits and veggies you’re risking getting these. Some estimates say at least 30% of cancers are linked to poor diet. One study of over 6,000 women found that those who ate the most cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower and kale had a lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.
Vegans who eat well don’t need to buy additional supplements
There’s just one: To help with brain and nervous system functions, vitamin B12 is key. Since B12 only occurs naturally in animal-sourced foods, vegans can instead eat fortified nutritional yeast and often sprinkle it over pasta, tofu ricotta, or fresh popcorn for a buttery taste.
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