The perks of being a vegan

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2015-10-19 09.17.43

Nowadays things are a lot different. With new advancements in science and technology, we now know more about

what we put in our bodies. With the truth finally being uncovered, there are many people who choose to alter up their eating habits based on numerous scientific studies. Some even choose to go vegan.

First of all, what is veganism? Someone who is vegan does not eat anything that come from an animal. There are those who choose to not use any product that derives from animals as well. Though there are vegans who choose to be so for health reasons; however,  veganism is more of a lifestyle choice and philosophy than a diet.

What are the benefits of choosing veganism? Cutting out meat, especially fatty and energy-draining red meat, is extremely beneficial to your health. If you’re concerned on where to find a source of non-animal based protein, don’t worry! You can still get your protein on a vegan diet; there are plenty of bean and soy products that are rich in it. Becoming vegan is a good idea if you want to prevent disease, too. Studies show that vegans have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and they have a lower risk of getting cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, and Arthritis. Cutting animal products out of your diet is said to increase your lifespan an average of 6 years. Imagine all the stuff you could do in those extra 6 years!

When asked her opinion on being vegan, 10th grader Megan Reasner states she “definitely recommends it” and that it “keeps [her] healthy.” The health benefits weren’t the main reason she chose this lifestyle, though. Megan decided to convert to veganism when she found out how “inhuman the slaughtering industry” is. There are vegans that choose to be because they’re supporters of animal rights and decide to no longer support the livestock industry because of the apparent cruelty. Livestock farming, some say, has horrible effects on our planet. They say animal farming is inefficient because the work that goes into animal feed production and the resources used for livestock could be used for feeding people.

I’m interested in going vegan but I don’t know where to start. Do I just stop eating all animal products?  Nope! If you want to change your lifestyle, you have to do so in baby steps. Many vegans say that the best way to become a long-term vegan is to do so gradually. Most  vegans were vegetarians first, and then made the transition over time. Plus, making a drastic change to your diet in such a short time can be detrimental to your body. You can’t just change everything overnight!

No matter your lifestyle, the key is to be educated and purposeful in your decisions.

 

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149636.php

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/the-truth-about-red-meat?page=1

http://www.veganurbanite.com/2010/05/04/59-health-benefits-of-being-vegan/

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