Have you felt bad about eating meat, but don’t know how to stop? Happens to us all! Sometimes, all it takes is some awareness in order to make changes in our lives. Becoming vegan is a huge step, but it is a step that has the potential to change the world. If you want to be eco-friendly, it doesn’t get any more eco-friendlier than this!
Still not convinced? Maybe these reasons will change your mind!
1. Lose a few pounds
On an average, vegans are 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters! Being vegan is a lifestyle that will leave you energized, unlike other fad diets. There are many scientifically proven benefits that show how a vegan diet helps lower the chances of cancer, obesity and diabetes!
2. Save the animals
All animals have a right to life and freedom, don’t you think? Taking a stand against animal cruelty involves avoiding animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy products. A vegan saves almost 100 animal lives in a year! Doesn’t that feel heroic to you?
3. One of the healthiest diets
Plant-based diets are rich in iron, protein and calcium. They contain essential vitamins and minerals and lack saturated fat and cholesterol that is present in animal meat. Packed with antioxidants, these nutrients are high in fibre and increase energy levels!
4. Meat can be dirty
Meat is often contaminated with blood, bodily fluids and feces which makes it highly unhygienic. Most cases of food poisoning are due to contaminated meat, which contain harmful bacteria. Such food poisoning results in painful cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea. Eww!
5. Save the Earth
It takes 13 pounds of grains to produce one pound of flesh! This contributes to deforestation, habitat loss and extinction of species. In large spaces of land, food crops are grown for feeding animals, which leaves people malnourished and hungry since the food is used for the growth of the animals, not the people!
6. Vegan food is tasty
Believe it or not, vegan food is delicious! Don’t worry, you won’t have to give up burgers and icecream! Since veganism is becoming popular, a lot of brands are selling alternatives which taste good and don’t hurt animals in the process! Plus, there are a thousand vegan recipes you could try!
7. Vegan food is not expensive
Contrary to popular belief, being vegan is pretty cheap! Grains, beans, vegetables and nuts are far less costly than meat products. Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables is also healthy for your wallet. Also, if you check PETA’s vegan list, you’ll find that a lot of grocery items are vegan, like Oreos for example!
Can’t handle being vegan? Take baby steps. Why don’t you try being vegetarian first? These delicious vegetarian recipes will help!