There is a huge misconception out there that following a vegan diet is very limiting, depriving and extreme. It’s actually just the opposite! There is TONS of amazing things to eat on a vegan diet, you won’t feel deprived in any way shape or form AND when you compare the overwhelming statistics about heart disease caused by a western diet…I don’t think it’s extreme at all!
There is absolutely no disputing the fact that our country’s rising death rates from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses is directly related to the diets we follow that are heavy in animal products. The countries that eat the least amount of meat and dairy have the lowest rates of heart disease. Period.
When people become sick, they will spend any amount of money on prescription drugs that cause awful side effects. Even undergo invasive surgeries. And following a vegan diet is extreme???? A diet centered around plant based foods is good for you, good for the environment and good for animals. Here are ten awesome facts about a vegan diet: (these facts were compiled by theflamingvegan.com)
- Grain that is used to feed livestock for meat production could feed 1.3 billion people. Think of all the world hunger problems that could solve!
- Following a vegan diet could help put an end to drought problems and provide more clean drinking water in poverty stricken countries. It takes 2,500 gallons to make just one pound of meat. On the other hand, it only takes 25 gallons of our valuable water to grow one pound of wheat.
- Most cases of food poisoning (up to 80%), are due to infected meat.
- Reports that vegans are healthier are not myth-based. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), people who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet tend to display lower blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, less chance of getting colon and prostate cancer, and a decreased rate of Ischemic Heart Disease.
- Shockingly, every hour in the United States 500,000 animals are killed for their meat.
- Although we are consuming far too many antibiotics for our own health, (about 3 million pounds annually in the U.S. alone), animals receive even more. Livestock are fed up to 17.8 million pounds a year, and this number could actually be less than what is really being given to them since farmers are not required to report this number. The antibiotic tainted flesh and fluids from these animals end up on our plates and in our cups.
- Acres upon acres of forests can be saved with a vegan diet. Forests are wiped out so that the land can be used for crops to feed animals…not humans! Every year, just one person who sticks to a vegan or vegetarian diet will save an entire acre of trees.
- By not eating meat, you’re also helping to ease the problem of pollution. The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined!
- A vegan diet can prevent and reverse heart disease as bad cholesterol only comes from animal products.
- Vegan foods are frequently lower in calories which means you can generally eat larger portions for less calories.