The Benefits of Going Vegan – The Ultimate (Science Backed) List
The Peace Movement
Veganism is the largest and fastest growing peace movement in the world.
It’s not just hipsters who are taking on the movement.
Many athletes, CEO’s, and entrepreneurs are warming up to the benefits.
Banding together for a cause much bigger than us, veganism is more than just your nutrition and diet.
It’s a lifestyle.
Being vegan meaning abstaining from all products which contain animal or animal by-products, but also those of which affect animals in a negative way.
This includes products like blankets filled with goose feathers, fur jackets, or palm oil, which is terrible for the environment and destroys the natural environment for orangutans and other animals.
Also avoiding harsh chemicals and plastic that often find their way into rivers and the ocean causing terrible and long-lasting effects on marine life and the environment.
Why is it, that as a society we often seek peace and safety for all other humans but not animals?
We claim that war, genocide, murder, is immoral and goes against our love for our brothers and sisters.
Yet at the same time we commit massive genocide amongst our fellow animals on a daily basis, lead to the destruction of our earth and all of its beautiful ecosystems.
Through veganism, we can help minimize and eventually bring an end to the violence amongst animals and even the human race.
If you’re not currently a vegan, I ask you to join me in this article and keep in open mind at all times.
I’m here to educate, not force you against your beliefs. Please take the time to do your own research and even read articles against veganism. It’s important to gain a wide range of beliefs and information from many different sources so that YOU can find your own mindset.
That being said, I will continue to give the science backed evidence for veganism and tons of proof for the whole world to become vegan!
Here we go!
You might think this one is obvious, but there’s just so much information on veganism and the modern day fight for health!
Over 1/3 of the U.S. population is considered obese.
The sad part is the U.S. invests more money in healthcare than any other country on the planet!
Thanks to the American diet, which is filled with meat, dairy, large amounts of sodium, calories, sugar, and processed foods; we have a health crisis on our hands. It’s time for a change.
Isn’t it time we invest in preventive healthcare like exercise, meditation, yoga, and a plant based diet?
It costs no more than what we currently spend, and provides so much added benefit to our health!
Vegans tend to have lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol than vegetarians or meat based diets.
Not to mention their risk of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and heart disease are reduced greatly!
Vegans also have higher amounts of vitamins and fiber in their diet, a nutrient that so many meat eaters and Americans lack which is so important for our digestive system.
Vegan protein is also much healthier. Most Americans who consume protein from red meat also receive all the negative side effects that go along with it such as high blood pressure, increase risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and so much more!
If you’re not vegan already, I challenge you to go vegan just for a week and see how much of a difference you’ll feel!
This doesn’t mean eating a ton of fake meat and processed sugar.
Switch to eating organic whole foods like couscous, quinoa, spinach, kale, grains, and tons of greens.
Just ask former heavyweight champion and legendary boxer Mike Tyson who’s been vegan for almost 3 years now.
Mike complained he used to feel congested, had trouble breathing, his blood pressure was through the roof, and he was overweight.
Mike praised the differences veganism made in his life. After the switch, Iron Mike felt much more comfortable in his own skin, and all his former ailments went away.
“I wish I was born this way. When you find out about the processed stuff you have been eating. I wonder why I was crazy all those years.”
If Iron Mike can do it, so can all of us!
If anything, do it for your health!
Many vegans have also praised the benefit of a clearer mind! Yes it’s true that eating whole grains and greens leads to higher levels of energy and less fatigue during your day!
Preventing Climate Change
A topic of discussion that is often debated, regurgitated, and claimed as a hoax.
The truth is no matter how many people deny the claim, climate change is real, scientifically proven, and an ever growing problem that could lead to the extinction of our species.
Yes, that’s no exaggeration either, the temperature of our earth is increasing at such a high speed it’s leading to a wide variety of negative effects across the globe.
At this rate, the ice caps will melt so much that our oceans will rise an extra 1-4 feet higher by 2100. That means major cities like New York, Houston, London, Shanghai, and countless others will be forced to permanently evacuate.
Other extreme weather such as hurricanes will appear more often and in waves of strength never seen before.
Droughts, floods, and wildfires will also increase due to the lack of water which has evaporated into the atmosphere.
Even the U.N. has recently claimed that global warming effects are past the point of no return.
What can we do about it?
We all know that reducing our carbon footprint by using fewer fossil fuels and investing in electric cars or transportation with better mpg.
The truth is the pales in comparison to the benefits of a vegan diet?
How does eating less meat impact our carbon footprint?
The truth is the billions of animals killed for food have their own carbon footprint just like the rest of us humans.
In fact, cows are a huge producer of methane gas which is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Another mind blowing fact, in 2011 the U.N. responded saying cows were responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions.
That’s more than the worlds entire transportation grid combined. So next time you think your gas guzzling car is heating up our earth, think about the amount of pollution from the steak that’s on your dinner plate.
How many animals do you think are killed for food or human use every day? How about every year?
The number of land animals killed every year worldwide is over 60 billion. That comes to 165,000,000+ every single day.
And that’s just land animals.
Now there is no exact way to determine how many fish are killed every year, but estimates show that number is between 1-3 trillion.
That’s 10 to 30 times more than all the humans that ever existed on this planet.
If this doesn’t scream something’s wrong, god bless your heart.
A vegan diet is a start you can make to stop the suffering of these beautiful creatures.
All animals raised for food are born into a world of confinement, torture, and cruelty.
Male baby chicks are hatched and thrown into macerators, instantly ground up into food only a few days old. The females are shipped off to become machines for the egg industry.
Pigs are raised in dark warehouses with horrible air and barely enough room to even move, then they are shipped off to their death only a few months old.
Free-range is nothing but a marketing ploy by the meat industry to “show” that animals aren’t locked in a cage. When we see commercials for free range chicken, we see them roaming around big beautiful fields.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. They are crowded into warehouses with minimal space and movement.
Animals wish to live just like the rest of us.
Eating them is a choice, and one that benefits both us as humans and the animals who are always the victim.
When you go vegan you do so much by choosing for them to live.
Yes, I do believe humans are omnivores that designed to eat both meat and greens.
But with such a cruel and destructive industry that slaves and kills trillions of lives including our planet, it’s time we all make a change.
Ending World Hunger
Almost 1 billion people suffer chronic hunger on a daily basis. If you have food, water, shelter, and a bed to sleep in at night, consider yourself blessed.
Much of the world lives in poverty, struggling to find where their next meal is going to come from.
The solution is a plant based diet.
You see, most people underestimate how many resources are required in order to produce the meat on their plate.
Farming animals require a ton of work.
They require food, water, land, and removal of waste just like the rest of us humans.
And the majority of that animal feed can be used to put an end to world hunger.
In fact, scientists estimate that we produce enough calories to feed 10-11 billion people.
“The current crop production is sufficient to provide enough healthy food for the predicted 9.7 billion world population in 2050.”
Sadly, most of this crop production is used to feed animals that are then grown plump for slaughter, which then ends up on our plate.
70% of U.S. crop production is used for animal feed.
If everyone switched to a plant based diet, the entire crop production would skip the process of animal feed, and could directly impact parts of the world that suffer from chronic hunger.
It’s already noted that meat eaters require 160 times more land, water, food, and resources than a plant based diet. This stems from all the transportation, energy, labor, and land required for raising animals.
One of the silliest arguments I’ve heard against veganism is that being vegan means you’re killing more plants.
Let me get this straight, if you EVER hear this argument, you know the other individual is very uneducated.
Being vegan does not kill more plants, but does, in fact, the opposite.
Let’s look at the science-backed facts.
· Humans eat meat.
· Eating meat means that livestock need to be raised.
· Livestock require food and water to be raised.
With all the livestock and animals raised for food on this planet, what are they eating?
That’s right… plants.
And how many plants are consumed by the 60 billion land animals killed every year?
A damn lot.
Compare that to if every single person on the planet went vegan – that’s 7.5 billion humans.
You do the math. The 7.5 billion people on this planet are going to consume nowhere near the amount of plants that those 60+ billion animals would.
You do the planet and the plants a huge favor by switching to a 100% plant based diet.
Even worse, is I’ve heard some people argue that eating plants means less food for the animals you wish to protect.
There is more than enough plant based nutrition for the whole world to consume.
And with technology becoming ever more prominent, plant based foods are becoming easier to grow and ever so delicious.
Just take a look at soy, almond, and cashew milk.
Ever so easy to make at home, without the cruelty and environmental impact you would see out of regular milk.
We have tons of delicious plant based burgers like Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger which are made from pea protein, yeast, and other ingredients.
Many large restaurant chains are finding these plant based burgers to be ever more popular and featuring them on their menus.
I highly recommend you try one out.
Currently Beyond Meat and burgers can be purchased at Whole Foods, Stop n Shop, and other major supermarkets.
The Impossible Burger is not available for sale to the public but can be found at many different restaurants.
How much water is needed to create 1 pound of beef?
Go ahead and take a guess, it’s more than you think!
Try 2,400 gallons!
Yes, that’s right, animal agriculture requires a ton of water in order to grow and produce the livestock that are used for food!
According to John Robbins book, the “Diet for a New America” meat-eaters have a daily water footprint of 4,000 gallons just based on their diet alone.
Compare that to vegans and vegetarians who have a daily footprint of 300 and 1,200 gallons, respectively.
How much water does it take to make a hamburger?
· Bun – 22 gallons
· Meat – 616 gallons
· Cheese – 56 gallons
· Tomato slice – 3 gallons
· Lettuce – 1.5 gallons
Now think about how many hamburgers fast food chains like Mcdonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s are producing and selling every single day. It takes billions of gallons of water to keep these fast foods chains in business.
What about poultry?
You may think that because chickens are a lot smaller than cattle, the amount of water consumed would be less.
Chicken requires upwards of 500 gallons per pound. Although not nearly as high, keep in mind how much more chickens are slaughtered for food on the planet versus cows.
9 billion chickens versus 40 million cattle.
That’s over 225 times more chickens slaughtered for food compared to cattle. That’s a ton of water.
On the other hand, let’s take a look at vegetables which take far fewer amounts of water to produce.
Wheat for example only takes around 100 gallons per pound.
Potatoes require 60 gallons per pound.
Soybeans require 250 gallons per pound.
While it is true that taking shorter showers and not letting the sink run when brushing your teeth helps the global water footprint, going vegan has much more impact.
Raising billions of animals for food is more complicated than meat eaters think.
Most people see a simple process of killing an animal and then the meat ending up on their dinner plate.
There is more to the process in order to cultivate the meat.
Do you know where these animals are raised and how much land is required?
Some people say our earth is getting overpopulated with 7.5 billion humans.
What about 60 billion animals raised for slaughter each year, and the other billions of farmed fish?
Animal farming requires a great amount of land mass. Cattle farms need around 1.8 acres per cow. Now take that and multiply it by the 40 million cattle slaughtered for food each year and you have 72,000,000 acres of land.
The increasing demand for agriculture land mass is posing a huge problem for our local environments. This often leads to the deforestation of billions of trees.
Just take a look at the Amazon Rainforest.
“It’s important to note that up to 91% of Amazon Rainforest destruction is due to animal agriculture, meaning that millions of trees have been and continue to be destroyed because of our consumption of animal products.”
At this rate, scientists predict that all our rainforests will vanish completely within the next 100 years.
Going vegan stops this whole process altogether!
Vegan households have 0 to almost no impact on the deforestation of forests since no animal products are being used!
Veganism is the single greatest way to decrease the devastating effect of pollution on our planet.
Similar to how animals used for food require a great amount of resources to “grow” and “cultivate,” the same can be said the waste they produce.
Of the 60 billion animals killed for food each year, does anybody wonder where all their waste goes?
In the U.S. alone, these animals produce 500 million tons of manure and waste every year!
Much of the waste on factory farms are thrown and dumped into waste pools or lagoons just outside the buildings where these animals are raised.
The waste pools are so incredibly toxic that it’s almost guaranteed to cause death if you went inside.
The worst part is, these bodies of water runoff into the ground and other natural waterways in the local area, which causes an insane amount of water pollution that is extremely harmful to the environment and people.
Experts also warn that hurricanes could trigger a catastrophic amount of waste to be displaced and threaten lives.
Even the recent Hurricane Florence displaced much of the waste at North Carolina hog farms.
It’s even proven that life expectancy for humans who live near hog farms remain very low, due to the lack of hygiene created by these awful cesspools.
The pollution from animal farming endangers countless lives from the unsanitary conditions created by animal waste and the inability to dispose of it properly.
A vegan diet has a positive impact by not putting any money into the farming of animals for food, whose waste continues to pollute and impose danger to our environmental health.
Veganism spreads beyond your diet.
Being vegan means abstaining from all animal products including fur coats, goose feather covers, shampoo, and makeup products tested on animals, and much more.
If you are vegan or wish to become vegan, I hope this article inspired you and taught you more about what it really means to vegan.
You are the driving force behind this amazing movement of change.
The truth is, we only have one planet, and going vegan only promotes the health of our beautiful earth, the animals, and ourselves.
I wish you all a wonderful day filled with positivity and love. GO VEGAN!