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Sound Reasons for Going Vegan that Don’t Include Animal Cruelty

January is Veganuary, a month-long promotion to get you to consider going vegan, or at least to enjoy a few meat-free meals. 

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I’m a most unlikely vegan spokesperson because, while female, I am not young, blonde, or thin, and I don’t walk around in my underwear with PETA signs (you can thank me with money). But I do consume a vegan diet. In fact, of the approximately 1 million vegans in the US, almost 80% of us are women. I also buy cruelty-free beauty products and animal-free clothing. In the interest of transparency, I do have several pairs of leather shoes I’ve owned for over one year and I continue to wear them. I also feed my dog and cats a meat-based diet.

But back to Veganuary. Why should I consider a vegan diet (without mentioning any of the cruel things we do to animals because you may not read this if I do)?

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Dr. Kim Allan Williams was the first vegan to become president of the American College of Cardiology

Non-meat protein options are cheaper than meat. Despite the behind-the-scenes smear campaign by the meat industry to identify us as privileged white people, the truth is that the typical vegan diet consists of beans, lentils, rice, wheat, nuts and oats- all cheaper than meat.

A 2014 study of vegetarians and vegans found they have a 55% less chance of developing hypertension, between 25-49% less chance of developing type 2 diabetes, 8% reduction in risk to cancers, 23% risk reduction in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, a 48% risk reduction of developing breast cancer, up to 68% less chance of death due to heart disease, and up to 75% less chance of developing hypertension.

It takes less water to produce grain protein. In fact, it takes 100 times more water to produce an equal amount of meat protein to grain protein. Did you know that in drought-stricken California, 47% of water used in that state is used by the meat and dairy industries?

Studies have shown vegans suffer less anxiety and stress than meat-eatersWhile we don’t yet know why, it could be because consuming animal fat may activate inflammatory pathways in the brain. Or it could be that vegans tend to eat healthier and exercise more.

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Dr. Neal Barnard is the founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Eating meat is making us all sick. A 2013 report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations noted that 70% of the new diseases that have emerged in recent years are of animal origin and are linked to human desire to eat more animals and animal products.

A global transition from a meat-based to plant-based diet would decrease mortality by 6-10%. At the same time, it would reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%.

These are just some of the many sound reasons to consider a vegan diet. Still not enough? Check out the Veganuary web site for info on vegan diets, recipes, tips on eating out, and more!

You see? There is plenty of scientific data (for those of you who actually believe in science) to support the benefits of a vegan diet. 

So why is it you eat meat again?

 

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Sound Reasons for Going Vegan that Don’t Include Animal Cruelty

  1. From the sentient calf to the finished product: it takes 660 gallons of water to make ONE hamburger.

    This is not sustainable.

    Unless, of course, some gigantic Malthusian check takes place.

    But would we do things any differently the next time around?

    Posted by tweed bloxom | January 3, 2017, 7:52 PM
  2. I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years but sadly do enjoy cheese. I wish more people knew how much water it takes to ‘support’ one cow. Sadly however, a tremendous amount of water is required to produce a single pound of almonds as well. A single serving of almonds is 23 almonds (1/4 cup). A pound of almonds is equal to 3 cups of almonds, and that amounts to 276 almonds per pound. That is equal to 579.6 billion almonds this year. And, that’s a staggering 637.56 BILLION gallons of water that goes into almonds alone.

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | January 3, 2017, 8:45 PM
  3. I like vegan products, we had some really tasty things yesterday… think I will buy more vegan products now… but not from Amy’s Kitchen…. the veggie burger was the worst thing ever LOL

    Posted by easyweimaraner | January 4, 2017, 1:38 AM
    • I don’t care for any of the processed vegan burger products, and one of my goals for this year is to consume less processed foods. I have been eating processed “fake meats” and it’s helped me transition, but it’s not the healthiest diet in the world and I want to continue to improve my health.

      Posted by rumpydog | January 4, 2017, 4:20 AM
  4. That’s timely information. My biped hasn’t eaten meat for years but is planning to at least cut down on dairy products.

    Posted by Clowie | January 4, 2017, 8:06 AM
  5. My goal this year is to back down farther on meat consumption. I do several meatless days a week and when I do eat meat it’s around 3 ounces. Eggs and dairy will take a lot more work though along with occasional piece of bacon.

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | January 4, 2017, 9:02 AM
  6. I hated meat as a child and thankfully I have been preparing my own food for eons and it does not include meat.

    Posted by corkscot | January 4, 2017, 7:19 PM
  7. I’m a life-long vegetarian, not a vegan. I agree meat eating is not sustainable, and I wish I had the willpower to give up dairy. I eat a lot of vegan meals, and yes they are cheaper and probably why my bank account is in the black!

    Posted by Isobel | January 9, 2017, 4:13 PM

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