December 06, 2021
Many people's New Year's resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, and doing more to make the world a kinder place. The good news is that you can achieve all of these goals by eating a vegan diet - and enjoying delicious, filling meals in the process.
Did you know that each vegan saves nearly 200 animals a year? There's simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than choosing plant-based foods over meat, eggs and dairy.
Is losing excess pounds high on your list of goals for the new year? Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat eaters. And unlike unhealthy fad diets that leave you feeling tired (and the pounds usually don't last long), with a vegan diet you can get rid of the excess fat for good and have plenty of energy.
Going vegan is good for your health! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans have a lower risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure than meat eaters. Vegans get all the nutrients they need to be healthy, like plant protein, fiber and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that can slow you down and make you sick, like cholesterol and saturated animal fats.
When you eat a vegan diet, you can still eat all your favorite foods, including burgers, chicken sandwiches and ice cream. The only difference? You're forgoing the cruelty and cholesterol that comes with using animals for food. As demand for vegan foods skyrockets, companies are bringing more and more delicious meat- and dairy-free products to market that taste great, are much healthier than their animal counterparts, and don't harm any living creatures. Plus, we've got a list of some of our favorite products and thousands of delicious, kitchen-tested recipes to get you started!
Animal meat is often contaminated with feces, blood and other bodily fluids - all of which make animal foods the leading source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken meat and found that 96 percent of Tyson dog packages were contaminated with Campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain and fever.
Eating meat not only harms animals, it also harms people. Tons of grain and water are needed to raise farm animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal meat! All of these plant foods could be used much more efficiently if people would just eat them directly. The more people who eat a vegan diet, the better we will be able to feed the hungry.
Meat is not environmentally friendly. Eating meat is one of the worst things you can do for the planet. Meat production is wasteful and causes huge amounts of pollution, and the industry is also one of the biggest causes of the climate crisis. Going vegan is more effective in fighting the climate crisis than switching to a "greener" car.
The list of stars who give up animal meat is basically a who's who of today's hottest celebrities. Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Lizzo and Alicia Silverstone are just a few of the famous vegans who regularly appear in People magazine.
Vegans tend to have more energy than meat eaters, which is perfect for late-night meetings with your dream partner. (People: The cholesterol and saturated animal fats found in "meat, eggs and dairy" don't just clog the arteries to your heart. Over time, they also obstruct blood flow to other vital organs). Besides, what's sexier than someone who's not only hot, but also compassionate?
Although most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens, fish and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food are just as intelligent and capable of suffering as the animals that live in our homes. Pigs can even learn to play video games.
Have you ever considered going vegan?
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