There are a million reasons why I think people should turn vegan but for the purposes of this blog post I’ve decided to limit it to seven reasons why I think everybody should considerfollwing a vegan diet.
- It is better for the environment. The meat and dairy industry are massive sources of pollution. Huge areas of the rain forest are chopped down in order to graze cattle, or to grow food to feed the cattle. These animals also need water. in fact its estimated that a meat eater will need three times as much water to sustain their diet compared to a vegan. Slurry from animal farming also makes its way into rivers and lakes, polluting them and killing wildlife in the rivers, as well as affecting the quality of the drinking water available for use.
- Meat is carcinogenic – There have been a lot of headlines recently about how processed meats such as bacon and sausages are as likely to give you cancer as smoking is. Red meat such as beef is also labelled as ‘likely’ to be carcinogenic. When you consider that current estimates say that half of us are likely to get cancer at some point it’s a scary fact. And a lot of cancers are lifestyle related and could be avoided.
- It is better for the animals- There isn’t really much you can do to avoid the fact that eating meat involves the death of an animal. You can’t eat them while they are alive. Given that’s I am a vegan it’s pretty easy to guess my opinion on the matter, but I don’t want this blog to become somewhere meat eaters feel judged so I will leave it at that.
- Vegans are less likely to get heart disease- Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK at the moment. A lot of cases of heart disease are preventable. There are numerous studies out there that claim that’s a vegan diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 50%. This is a huge decrease in risk. Obviously diet and exercise will play a part here. Chips are vegan but if you live on them then you aren’t likely to benefit much. The same as if your idea of exercise is to walk to the fridge and back to the sofa.
- Your skin will improve – Skin is sensitive to hormones. When’s they are out of sync we are more prone to acne and other skin problems. Animal products are full of hormones and add to the problem. When we reduce our intake of these additional hormones one of the direct benefits is better skin. My own skin hasn’t definitely got better since going vegan.
- A vegan diet is loads cheaper than meat – Done well it is a whole lot cheaper to eat well on a vegan diet. Bulking out meals with pulses and legumes is a lot more wallet friendly than meat. Lentils and dried legumes are very cheap and can make most meals spread a lot further. Supermarkets are also constantly being encouraged to help us eat healthily so fruits are often reduced. Plus shopping at markets and eating in season makes it very cheap.
- You should lose weight – A healthy vegan diet is generally lesser calorie dense than a meat based diet. I put on weight when I went vegan because I didn’t do it healthily. I clung to junk foods I knew I could eat. Now I am trying to lose weight it’s coming off far quicker as a vegan than it ever did before as a meat eater.
So there you have it. Seven reasons why you might want to consider going vegan. It honestly isn’t difficult. I have zero willpower and if I can keep it up for this length of time then anyone can.