Vegan diets tend to provide more fiber, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. They prove to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C, and E. Going vegan has been noted to lower blood sugar, which can lower ones risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization, about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by factors within our own control, including our diet. For example, eating legumes regularly can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by about 9% to 18%, while eating seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15%. A large portion of the vegan diet can contain a high amount of soy, which reports to lower the risk of getting breast cancer. It has also been noted that consuming animal products puts one at risk of prostate, breast and colon cancers.
Another benefit of the vegan diet is that it has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Vegans typically consume a large amount of fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber and with this, research has shown that vegans may benefit from up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. Vegans are also up to 42%less likely to die from heart disease.
A few studies have reported that a vegan diet has positive effects in people with differing types of arthritis. A study on this diet’s impact on arthritis reported that participants experienced improvement in symptoms such as pain, joint swelling and morning stiffness.
Did you know eating a vegan diet could be the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on earth? Cutting meat and dairy products form your diet could reduce an individuals carbon footprint from footboy up to 73 percent. If these foods were not consumed, global farmland use could be reduced by 75 percent, equaling an area the size of the US, China, Australia, and the EU combined. The freeing of this land would both lower greenhouse gas emissions and allow for wild land that was lost to agriculture, to be opened back up for wildlife to utilize.
Studies have shown that meat and dairy production is responsible for 60 percent of agricultures greenhouse gas emissions, with these products only providing around 18 percent of calories and 37 percent of protein levels worldwide.
By refusing to pay for animal products, you reduce the demand for them, which ultimately ensures fewer animals are bred to suffer and die on farms and in slaughterhouses. Modern factory units exist to produce meat and dairy products as quickly and cheaply as possible. Because of this, animals are given the bare minimum they need to survive. These victims are crammed into stinking sheds to the point where they have almost no room to move, most of them will never roam freely, just as they will hardly get the opportunity to breathe fresh air or see natural daylight, many will die before they leave the farms, a large number dies from their living conditions, and the rest die in the horrifying slaughterhouse where they have no escape.
I know what you are thinking, “Well, dairy cows are just used for their milk.” I hate to break this news to you, but brands like “FairLife” who claim to only use their cows for their dairy, are misleading you. Even if the scenario is only utilizing their cows for their dairy, I can promise you the living conditions are just as brutal, if not more, for these animals as the ones in the slaughterhouses. Dairy cows are typically forcible impregnated and then separated from their calves at brith, where the milk that was to be used for their calves is being taken for human consumption. Once the mother cows are of little use, they are then sent to slaughterhouses to be used for their meat. The cycle isn’t pretty, it isn’t kind, and it lacks heart.
“Well, what about hens who are used for just laying eggs?” so you might ask. The male chicks of egg-laying hens, are killed at a day old for the reasoning of never being able to lay eggs and they will not gain weight fast enough for meat production, I.e. their lives are deemed to be useless. The saddest part, is this happens even with the brands who are labeled as “free range” or “organic.”