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The number of vegans around the world is on the rise and chances are that you know a couple yourself. Many will proudly throw two fingers in the air and proclaim that they’re in the V-gang. Now, there are various reasons that you might want to jump on this bandwagon. Let’s take a look at how veganism can help you, animals, and the planet!
Reasons to Join The V-Gang and Become a Vegan
For Your Health
There are so many health benefits that come hand in hand with going vegan! First of all, you will be dramatically increasing the amount of plant matter that you consume. If you don’t have meat to create the bulk of your meals, you’re inevitably going to top your plate up with more fruit and vegetables.
Becoming a vegan also encourages you to think more about what you eat. The majority of takeaways and fast food outlets don’t have vegan options, so you will have to cut these unhealthy sources of food from your diet and spend a little more time cooking. This gives you more control over what you’re putting into your body and the opportunity to incorporate more healthy ingredients into your diet.
Just remember that when you cut meat, dairy and eggs from your diet you do lose a few nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. Most of these can be replaced with vegan alternatives. You can get protein (for example) from leafy greens, soy products, nuts and grains such as quinoa. You can also get plant based omega 3 without having to consume cod liver oil and you can also get vitamin B12 in capsule form.
Animals are sentient beings. The mammals, birds, and fish that we use for meat, dairy, and eggs can feel pain and also have emotional responses such as fear and sadness. So it’s time to stand up for their rights! They shouldn’t be living their lives in confined spaces, deprived of the opportunity to act on their natural instincts, and doomed to a young death for the sake of human taste and convenience.
Though the President of the United States may well be in denial about the matter, we’re going to stick with NASA and pretty much every other reasonable scientist’s opinion that climate change is real and it’s on the rise. There has been a rise in global temperature, ice sheets are shrinking, glaciers are retreating, we have less snow coverage, and sea levels are rising significantly and at a dramatic rate.
Now, when people think of reducing their emissions, they consider driving less, using public transport, and walking or cycling. However, if you consume animal products, you’re actually contributing a lot towards environmental degradation. Animal agriculture produces more methane than any other industry. This comes from the digestion processes of animals such as cows, sheep, and goats and the cesspools produced by these animals and farmed pigs. Cutting out meat, dairy, and eggs alone can significantly reduce your footprint on the planet.
There really is a lot of good that can come from being a vegan. So it’s about time that you start considering this lifestyle choice seriously! If you don’t want to dive into the deep end, try out one day of veganism a week and build yourself up slowly.
Are you a vegan? Or are you considering becoming a vegan?
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