Why Vegan?

People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others. 

For the Animals 

Many people don’t know what being a vegan means, they don’t know what a vegan eats, nor do they know about the cruelties of factory farmingThe factory farming industry strives to maximize output while minimizing costs—always at the animals’ expense. Many people aren’t aware that the animals they eat were maimed and slaughtered with no anesthesia or that baby chicks are being ground alive. They aren’t aware that chickens are in cramped cages – living in their own waste, hormones, steroids and antibiotics being pumped into these barely alive, tortured animals all to drive up profit.   

For your Health 

 

Research shows that individuals who eliminate red meat, pork, chicken, fish, and dairy products from their diet, have less body fat. They also tend to have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and lower levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.
As a medical doctor, I consider adopting a plant-based diet to be one of the most important things someone can do to prevent the leading causes of disease.
Also, more and more people are turning to a vegan diet for theses other health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin, and memory improvement.

For the Environment 
The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.  Also, the vast amounts of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. 
  
More and more people are going vegan because of the benefits to their health, the planet, and animals. Notable figures from Jessica Chastain, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ariana Grande to Woody Harrelson, Al Gore, Russell Simmons, and Cory Booker have dropped meat and dairy from their diets, and are looking fitter and healthier than ever!   

Here are a few other facts: 

 

  1. Vegans, on average, are thinner and healthier than their meat-eating counterparts.
  2. Vegans save more than 100 animals a year from abuse
  3. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.
  4. Going vegan has never been easier. You can find a vegan burger at Johnny Rockets or Denny’s. Enjoy a fresco” bean burrito at Taco Bell, or dine on hearty tofu Sofritas at Chipotle, and groccery stores and supermarkets across the country carry everything from vegan crispy chicken and golden fish-free filets to almond milk, dairy-free cheese, rich coconut-milk ice cream, and other animal-friendly groceries to satisfy every taste.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, going vegan does not mean severely restricting your diet, or spending tons of money on every meal. When practiced through well-informed decisions, veganism benefits your health, saves animals from suffering inhumane deaths and dramatically decreases one’s impact on the planet. 
Food for Thought:

  • Being vegan isn’t about being perfect or pure, it’s about reducing suffering by showing compassion for all life!
  • A well-balanced vegan diet is not only good for your healthy, but also the health of the planet! But remember, the key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes.   

References
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/05/vegetarians-slimmer-meat-eaters-weight_n_4039441.html 

http://animaldeathcount.webnode.com/all-animals-2011/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864






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