Archive | August 2016

15 Benefits of Going Vegan

Heard about the various of horror stories, deferring you away from making the decision of going vegan and you are not sure to make the leap?  Read on! Veganism, has been on a worldwide climb of the most searched word on Google since 2009, and it has doubled in the last 6 years.  Adopting a vegan diet, is growing in popularity amongst the youth and celebrities. However, If you are not sure if going on a vegan diet would be beneficial to your health as an individual, please consult a licensed naturopathic physician first before deciding to make the change. More research is glowing on the positives of veganism and there are 15 convincing reasons why going vegan is extremely worth it:

Animals

1. Better Treatment of Animals

A sad and gruesome reality lies ahead of chosen farm animals destined to be slaughtered. They spend most of their lives in a crowded and dark warehouse, so cramp they have to walk all over their own waste, a dead chicken, or can’t even spread a leg. According to the Vegan Society, sixty-billion land animals and over a million marine animals, are captured and to be used as food. This is not needed and there are a wide variety of delicious plant-based alternatives across the globe.  Animals are not harmed in order to provide the food on the table or the clothes on the backs of vegans. The more people who do not eat meat, there’s a less need for the farming of animals for food. This leads to a less need for extensive slaughtering methods as well!

Environment

2. Less Resources Used

As mentioned previously, switching to a vegan diet doesn’t require a need for slaughtering methods or warehouses.  According to the World Watch Institute, globally, fifty-one percent of the greenhouse emission of gas is due to the agriculture of animals and more than half of the water supply is used as well. The amount of animal waste produced by farm animals is through the roof, causing the run-off from their waste to contaminate our water supply. Animal waste is highly toxic and emits ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gases into our air supply and nitrous oxide and methane, which are huge contributors to global warming. Environmental Defense has made an interesting report on why going vegan would benefit our environment fully:

“If Every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S roads”.

To make room for these warehouses and crops to feed them, the cutting down of forest leads to the erosion of soil, destroying the habitat and the extinction of wildlife in startling high numbers. Around one-third of fossil fuels and raw materials are used to feed farm animals with seventy-percent of the grain, corn, and wheat consumed. This means, unnecessary resources and energy is being wasted just to cater to the world’s meat addiction. Growing vegetables requires less resources and going vegan can help reduce the stress on the environment.

3. Less Expensive

A person going vegan is expected to spend less money. Eating fruits and vegetables, does not require long hours of cooking, spending money on expensive meat, and wasting energy than our meat-eating counterparts.

Health and Convenience

4. Cardiovascular disease risk

Eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds while eliminating meat and dairy products, will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. In a recent study, researchers have observed that a vegan diet reduces the risk of coronary artery disease.

5. Breast Cancer

In countries where women do not eat animal products or meat, have a lower rate of breast cancer than women in countries that do.  In certain areas, food products and meat are injected with hormones, disrupting the natural balance of hormones and causing tumor growth.

6. Reduced Absorption of Toxins from Seafood

Majority of the shellfish and fish consumed has mercury and other toxins. While some fish may have less than others, it is almost impossible not to be absorbing mercury into the body when not eating seafood while on a vegan diet.

7. Increased energy

When transitioning into a vegan diet, energy levels are at their optimum because plants are enriched with B-vitamin, nutrients to keep anyone going. Phil Collen, stated that being a rockstar takes a lot of energy. He has contributed his increased energy to a strict vegan diet.

8. Vegan recipes are cheap, tasty, plentiful, and fun to make!

Chloe Coscarelli took home the winning title in Food Network’s reality-competition series “Cupcake Wars” as the first vegan chef ever to win a culinary competition on national T.V! Chloe keeps on winning when her newly published cookbooks, “Chloe’s Vegan Desserts”, “Chloe’s Kitchen” and “Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen”, were featured on Amazon’s list of 100 Best-selling cookbooks. How do you make a vegan dish to be cheap, easy, and fun? Chloe’s colleague shares this useful tip “You can replace dairy and eggs in any recipe, if you know what you are looking for. Moisture and color? Try applesauce in your muffins. Lift and fluff? Use seltzer in place of milk in your cupcakes. Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache? Use a recipe without eggs, like the ones in my “Sticky Fingers Sweets! It’s not always about replacing dairy or eggs, but rather using science to recreate recipes so that you get the textures and flavors you crave without animal products.”

9. Healthy Bones

Bone health depends on more than just calcium and protein intake. Studies have shown, that bone health is influenced by micro and macronutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, and foods such as vegetables, soy, and fruits. Vegans do highly well in making sure they are taking on these important substances into their diet. With a healthy vegan diet, the individual can prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and other bone injuries.

10.Weight Loss

As a result of a proper vegan diet, the individual will have a healthy weight and low BMI. Eating vegan diet, eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that leads to weight gain.

11. Extensive support and resources to help in the transition

Online pages such as Meetup.com, Vegan Society, and online Facebook groups, makes it easy to meet with local vegans in order to encourage one another and have access to events across the globe. Living in a digital era, there are many tips, resources, and free kits offered online to help anyone make a healthy, easy, and exciting transition to veganism. The Vegucated challenge, provides email support daily and a plan that helps people to eat vegan for a month, eliminate certain foods per week. Another popular diet to help with the transition is the “28-day Engine 2 Diet”.

12. Sugar

More and more processed food products are filled with sugar, leading to addiction, poor dental health, and weight gain. Relying on other sweeteners that are not processed, synthetic, or derived from animal products is a healthier way to live. Many vegans do not consume refined sugar due to the fact that most of the sugar is refined through activated charcoal, most of which comes from animal bones.

13. More Nutritional Benefits

Vegans consume a diet consisting of high amounts of nuts and seeds, fruit and pungent vegetables, tomatoes, legumes, fiber, iron, phytochemicals, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins C and E than those who consume meat. Vegans eat foods that are lower in saturated fats, calories, and cholesterol.  All those foods and nutrients are protective against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and many cancers such as mouth, stomach, breast, lung, esophagus, and prostate.

14. Not a fad diet

Veganism, is dated as far as one-hundred years old in ancient Greece and India, and the backbone of many health and environmental movements. Veganism, is part of many religious beliefs such as Seventh Day Adventists and Buddhism

15. Longer Life

There’s extensive research out there, that indicates that those following a vegan lifestyle live an average of 3-6 years longer than those who are not vegan.

 

Every time someone makes the switch from consuming meat to a vegan lifestyle, are taking a stand and speaking up for farmed animals across the globe.  Transitioning into a vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more individuals from all walks of life discover the perks of living as a vegan.

 

 

References:

  1. Craig, Winston J. “Health effects of vegan diets.” The American journal of clinical nutrition5 (2009): 1627S-1633S.
  2. Vegan Society. https://www.vegansociety.com. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  3. Chef Chloe. http://chefchloe.com/. Accessed July 21, 2016.
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