Top 5 Reasons Why People are Adopting a Vegan Diet

Why choose a vegan diet?

What if you could help save the environment, improve your health, and prevent thousands of innocent animals from being slaughtered. Would you do it? Probably, but only if you could have all your favorite foods, like cheese and pizza. The good news is that you can, with veganism on the rise grocery stores are dedicating more shelf space for plant-based items, while vegan options in restaurants are becoming the new norm. At this point, eating animals is pretty unnecessary.

Let'e take a deeper look into some of the reasons why some people are adopting a vegan diet.

Personal Health Choice

How can 1.8-million deaths per year be prevented? Well, a 2016 study suggests a mass-adoption to a vegan diet could do just that.

Eliminating the consumption of foods, like meat, high in cholesterol and saturated fats will have a tremendous benefit on your health. Switching from eating meats to more of a plant-based diet can help fight and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and obesity.

Research also suggests that vegans are 10-20 pounds lighter than adult meat eats. This means a vegan diet can help us combat the obesity crisis we are facing.

Most people are put on a plant-based diet when they have cancer or heart disease. This type of vegan diet has proven to reduce these types of diseases, so why should someone have to wait for a near death experience to feel their best? Going vegan won't guarantee that you'll live longer, but it will give you more energy while making you feel healthier.

Person holding salad, measuring their waist

Environmental Impact

Transportation is thought to be the largest contributor to global warming, but in reality, it’s agriculture. As a result, one of the most effective ways to protect the environment from global warming is to switch to a vegan diet.

How do animals specifically affect global warming? Well, agriculture takes up about 70% of our global land mass, and the farm animals using this land are collectively discharging massive amounts of methane. This is concerning because methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases,  it is about 7X more potent than an equal quantity of carbon dioxide.

Agriculture also negatively affects water supplies and regional ecosystems. Pesticides and chemicals that are used to repel bugs and animals often leak into nearby waterways. There is also high concentrations of manure from the farm animals that finds its way into local waterways as well.

On the topic of water; about 80% of water goes to agriculture, which is mind-boggling since we are facing water shortages all over the world. Consequently, we have polluted the water, land, and air all for the consumption of meat. So some people adopt a vegan diet to be more environmentally ethical and offer a real solution to global warming.

Sheep in large field

Economic Reasons

Being vegan is associated with being expensive, but with meat prices on the rise, is this still true? Sure, there are expensive vegan products, but there are also \$1000 steaks, it really comes down to what you buy. Beans, seasonal vegetables, nuts, grains, spices, and soy are all inexpensive-vegan ingredients you can pick up at your local grocer.

Going vegan can also help alleviate the struggling health care system by reducing the number of people filling hospitals. A plant-based diet can help reduce cancers, obesity, and diabetes; which means fewer people in hospitals; which means lower costs. I think that's why a lot of people vibe with being vegan, you can take control of your health. Not to say just because you are vegan you don't need to go the doctors, but research suggests you could go less frequently.

Vegetables for sale at market

Animal Welfare

Ethical corners are cut as a result of corporate farmers trying to increase profit while keeping the prices of meat down. The worse part is that the animals are the ones who have to pay the price.

The harm and suffering that animals are subject to can be a huge contributor to why someone may be vegan. Just going vegan for a year can save up to 100 animals from being slaughtered. Research also suggests that farm animals like pigs and chickens are just as intelligent as our pets. Knowing this, the conditions these animals are in, and the treatment of them can be upsetting.

This treatment can include;

  • Mutilation

    • Animals take their frustrations out on themselves and other animals due to the overcrowding in factory farms. You might think, well then, just don’t factory farm, well they went the other way. To stop the animals from hurting themselves and others they are often mutilated.

      • To prevent other pigs from biting their tails they are cut off
      • Hens beaks are also trimmed to prevent peaking
  • Selective Breeding

    • To boost growth rates and productivity, farmers do selective breeding. This process can lead to infections, prolapse, and strains on the animal's cardiovascular system.

The animals that develop illnesses or injuries are often left to die since it would cost more to help the animal than it’s retail price. And this is why people go vegan...

Chicken in a factory farm

Religious Reasons

Religions that originated in ancient India, such as Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, primarily support vegetarianism, but in some cases veganism. Each religion is different, but most adopt a vegetarian/vegan diet for similar reasons. Influential scriptures and religious authorities often advocate for a more plant-based diet. They believe that this diet aligns most consistently with their beliefs of compassion and nonviolence.

In some religions, people also refrain from eating meat on religious ceremonies (festivals, events and birthdays).  With so many occasions that restrict the consumption of meat people are most likely eating vegan meals some of the time. That's great news for vegans! That means we have decades of vegan/vegetarian recipes we can recreate and enjoy.

Indian religious festival

Are you vegan or are thinking about going vegan? Let us know in the comments below what made you decide to adopt this diet.

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