Three Reasons to go Vegan: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF A VEGAN DIET?
Posted on Apr 24 2012 at 03:22:05 PM in Diet & Nutrition
Why go Vegan?
Are you thinking of going vegan? Perhaps you are trying to cut down on meat products and lactose (dairy), or even just trying to include more vegetables, pulses and whole grains in your diet. Why not try out a vegan diet for 30 days and see if you notice any changes to your health? If you aren't quite ready to give up meat and dairy completely why not have one day a week where you only eat vegan?
Here are three reasons to give the vegan diet a go.
1. Vegans do not contribute to the suffering of animals bred for their meat, milk, eggs, and other products. The living conditions that the majority of these animals are subjected to are inhumane, as they are overcrowded and cramped, given hormones and supplements to increase their size, and largely fed corn and other cheap grains instead of their natural diet (unless meat is organic and grass fed) amongst other things, not to mention the methods used to kill them.
2. The farming of animals is inefficient, and bad for the environment. The number one contributor to increased greenhouse gas emissions is cattle. These cows produce vast quantities of methane, and large areas of woodland are cut down in order to create space for them to graze, which reduces the amount of air purifying plants. The farming of animals for food is highly inefficient in comparison to what could be achieved through the cultivation of plants on the same amount of land, which would combat global food shortages.
3. There are many health benefits to a vegan diet. Many common food allergies are caused by animal based products, for example everyone has some degree of intolerance to the lactose found in dairy products. Lactose is linked to all kinds of ailments such as acne, asthma, cancer, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, sinus and ear problems, diabetes, constipation and anaemia. It is not only dairy that can be harmful, but animal proteins and meat products in general. Due to the low quality grain that most farm animals are fed the meat is nutritionally poor but contains hormones and chemicals given to the animal, which are then inevitably ingested at the dinner table. Vegans predominantly eat primary foods, meaning that they are less likely to encounter the harmful additives and other chemicals which are prevalent in processed and prepackaged foods. In addition, the fact that vegan foods have undergone little or no processing means that they still retain most of their nutritional content.