Did you know that a person who follows a vegan diet saves up to 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life EACH DAY?
Adopting a vegan diet is the best way to help animals, the planet, and your health. Not only will you be saving countless animals from suffering, but you will also be doing your bit to help reduce our toxic impact on this planet. And with so many great plant-based options, it has never been easier adjusting to a plant-based diet!
Not convinced yet? Well, keep reading and learn more about these 5 Reasons To Go Vegan.
1/5. Reasons To Go Vegan: Help & Protect The Animals
Let’s be honest, we all love animals. And the fact that you are currently reading this blog post shows, how much you truly care about them. Yet, so many of them are needlessly forced to suffer and die so people can eat them. Just like humans, animals experience all kinds of emotions: Pleasure and joy, but also pain and suffering. And just like humans, no animal deserves to be put through this horrendous suffering. So why do people decide to eat a fully vegan, plant-based diet?
Not being a part of the exploitation of animals is the biggest reason why most people decide to go vegan. Besides the affection for animals that makes the idea of harming innocent beings to simply have food on the plate difficult, all creatures on this planet have a right to live, and killing any creature, human or animal, only to eat or wear them is just wrong.
While some people just find it tricky to make the leap from snuggling with their dog or cat to feasting on a turkey during the holidays, many people abstain from animal products because they find factory farming cruel and against any sense of humanity.
Most animals who are raised for ‘food’ will probably spend their lives on a factory farm, where even their most basic instincts are denied. There is no grass, hardly any natural light, and pretty much no fresh air. And regardless of the animals you eat come from factories or „free-land“ farms, no animal on this planet wants to die to end up as food on someone’s plate. So you should not only be concerned about the slaughtering of animals for meat, but also for egg-laying chickens and dairy cows that are living absolutely miserable and very short lives.
If it’s the first time you read about the suffering animals in animal factories, check out these documentaries that opened my eyes to this crucial, horrific world:
2/5. Reasons To Go Vegan: Your Own Health
1. Healthy Weight
Did you know that Vegans are pretty much the only group of people who average a normal and healthy BMI? Because the more animal products people eat, the higher their BMI will be!
Wondering why? There are actually a couple of reasons for that:
- First of all: Animal Products don’t contain any carbohydrates but instead a higher amount of fat. The fat inside animal products, also called dietary fat, is much higher in calories and also way easier converted into body fat than the calories from fats out of carbohydrates.
- The second reason is that animal products have a much higher calorie density (meaning more calories for each gram) than potatoes and veggies have. This leads to people overeating on calories from animal products and therefore gaining weight. While we can stuff ourselves with plant-based foods and stay fit and lean.
- Another reason: Animal products, especially dairy, contain a bunch of growth-stimulating hormones that also contribute to weight gain and a higher BMI. Just think about it: Animal Milk, just like human breastmilk, is made for feeding babies and helping them grow. So it’s kind of obvious why many people are gaining weight on an animal-product based diet. In fact, I was able to lose over 26 lbs after giving birth to my daughter just by eating a plant-based, low-fat vegan diet. Check out my Weight Loss Transformation for more details.
2. Healthy Heart & Body
Heart Disease & Type 2 Diabetes are two of the most common chronic diseases in today’s world. The saddest part about it: Nobody in this world would need to suffer from either of these diseases since they are both completely man-made!
Did you know that our arteries can start building plague from an early age of only 10 years? Isn’t that crazy and super scary?
It is a proven and widely known fact that animal products rich in saturated fats and cholesterol are major contributors to heart disease and diabetes! But there is some good news for you: There are many, amazing and incredible smart doctors out there that proved many times that even very bad cases of heart disease can be reserved by eating a healthy, plant-based vegan diet.
Here are just a few of them:
Dr. T Colin Campbell, author of the China Study
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease
Dr. John A. McDougall, author of The Starch Solution
Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Power Foods For The Brain
Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not To Die
3. Healthy Mind
Animal products contain a bunch of stress hormones that animals produce during their lives on factory farms, on their way to slaughterhouses, and until the very last second of their miserable, stressful lives. So once you stop eating animal products, you stop consuming all these stress hormones and this alone can have a huge impact on your mood and mental health.
But that’s not the only reason why your mental health will benefit from following a vegan diet. It is widely known that people who are eating a plant-based diet tend to feel way less tension, anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue.
The reason for that is the higher level of antioxidants in plant-based foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. If you combine the higher amounts of vegetables and fruit with eating foods that are low in fats and protein, this will most likely have beneficial effects on psychological wellbeing. Healthful carbohydrate-rich foods, including potatoes, rice, and oats help regulate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is crucial for controlling our mood.
3/5. Reasons To Go Vegan: Save The Planet
You probably heard about the great danger our planet is currently in. Bad news: Researchers say that we got around 11 years left before the effect of climate change will become irreversible.
But what does climate change has to do with veganism?
Well, did you know that farming factories produce endless amounts of methane, which makes the meat and dairy industry one of the biggest causes of greenhouse emissions? To be exact, animal farming is responsible for an estimated 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions on the planet!
And it doesn’t end there. It takes about 40 calories of fossil-fuel energy to create every one calorie of feed-lot beef in the U.S. While it only takes around 2.2 calories of energy needed to create plant proteins.
So 1 pound of hamburger meat equals 75 kg CO2 emission which is about the same as using your car for 3 weeks.
The wild animals have to suffer as well. The current mass extinction of species is impacting 86% of all mammals, 88% of amphibians, and 86% of all birds. Can you even imagine that? Many of them are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. To put this into perspective: It is very possible that we could see fishless oceans by the year 2048. That 28 years from now!!
So to help you understand why a Vegan diet helps to save the planet: A carbon footprint of a vegan diet is as much as 60% smaller than a meat-based one, and 24% smaller than a vegetarian diet.
4/5. Reasons To Go Vegan: Stop World Hunger
If the suffering of farm animals, your own health, and the health of our planet and its nature is not enough, you should know that even humans all over the world have to suffer because of the huge demand for animal products.
But how you may ask?
There is actually some good news in this sad story: As of now, we would have enough food to feed 10 billion people, while only 7 billion are in this world.
But instead of feeding every single human, it turns out that 50% of grains worldwide are being eaten by animals. Not the animals living in nature but the animals in the industries. All that while 82% of children living next to livestock are starving. The saddest part? The meat that is actually produced in these areas is then being shipped to 1st world countries to feed people living there!
Around 70% of the grain grown in the US alone is fed to livestock – that’s enough grain to feed 800 million people. And it doesn’t stop there: Incredible amounts of water are being used to produce animal products.
Do you think that by going vegan you as a single person can’t change anything about that? Well, being vegan could save up to 724,925 gallons of water per person each year. Think about how powerful this change is and how powerful it could be if more and more individuals like you would make the switch!
5/5. Reasons To Go Vegan: Be An Example
Change starts in our homes. And even you, a single individual, can have such a big impact on the suffering of animals, our planet, starving children, and your own health simply by switching to a vegan diet.
Not only will you help make this world a better place, but you can be an example for the next person. Show them how important a Vegan Diet is, but also how easy it can be done. Improve your health, save the planet, and stop being a part of the billions of suffering animals, starving children, dying oceans and forests out there!
You are the change! You are a part of something so important! Don’t look away. Don’t be scared off because it sounds “too“ hard. If you can’t switch to a fully vegan diet right away, start small!
This world doesn’t need one perfect, zero-waste vegan! This world needs millions and millions of imperfect vegans that are trying to make a change! Every effort and change is better than no effort and change at all!
Don’t continue living your life like there’s nothing to lose. There is everything to lose!
Imagine your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew looking at you one day asking:
“What did you do?“
And you have to answer: “Nothing at all“.
Be the person that tried. Maybe that person that failed many times but kept trying. Just be a part of the change!
We are all in this together! So let’s try to save this beautiful, magical, and absolutely stunning planet and all the creatures living on it.
Because every single one of us, human or animal, deserves it!
Thank you so much for reading this post and taking the time to get educated on this subject.
Of course, there are many more reasons to go vegan, but these were the 5 Reasons that made me switch to a plant-based lifestyle.
I truly hope this guide helped you gain even more knowledge and hopefully ease your transition into a fully plant-based, vegan lifestyle.
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Here’s a quick disclaimer: I am not a doctor, scientist, or any kind of professional. All of the information I shared with you was based on my own research. I included many links and backup info in my Vegan Ressource Guide. Most of the information in this post comes from links and products I share in the resource guide.