However your current point of view is regarding a plant-based diet, turning vegan receives increasing attention in our society. Role models are for example popular people like Miley Cyrus or Billie Eilish, who are using their reach to educate their fans to stop eating meat, and other products made by animals.
For those who want to be on the safe side of what vegan actually means, here an explanation: vegan people live on a plant-based diet, which means no meat, eggs, dairy, honey as well as products derived from animals like gelatin and beeswax in Haribo.
I've started eating semi-vegan a few years ago meaning that I ate very rarely meat or fish, and switched to nut-based milk. Still, I kept myself the okay to eat just once in a while a bit of meat, based on one of the famous myths that a body needs the iron that only meat contains in such a high amount. Something which is btw wrong as tofu, for instance, provides 2.96 mg of iron in 100g and red meat 3.5 mg in 100g.
By the end of 2018, I've decided first based on health reasons to switch to a plant-based diet, but when I researched more on how we actually keep animals and all the effects of mass animals farming to our environment and humans around the world, it became very clear that turning completely vegan was the only humanly way to live. For me at least.
Perhaps you're already vegan, perhaps you wouldn't even consider it, anyways, read 6 reasons why to become vegan:
1) Get healthier
Inflammation, especially through milk, increases. The symptoms of diseases like endometriosis can be reduced through a plant-based diet. What's important that changing your nutrition means you need to do it the right way. The body needs a certain amount of protein every day, and products like lentils, spinach or tofu should definitely be on your diet.
2) Save the planet
Guess what, quitting to consume meat and dairy products are by far the fastest and most impactful way to save our planet, as it reduces the destruction of our environment. Joseph Poore, a researcher at the University of Oxford, led a study stating that
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.”
3) Get prettier
Yes - those times of 'milk is good for your bones and skin' are over. It is proven that milk is bad for your skin. In case you deal with skin problems, have you ever considered to quit consuming dairy? This implies not only drinking pure milk, but also products including milk like protein shakes, chocolate etc. So, not only you support your skin glow, you will stay like that for a longer period of time. A natural anti-age tool.
4) Reduce malnourishment around the world
This is mindblowing: Cattle farming (meat and dairy) takes up to 83% of farmland, but only 18% of calorie intake. When we would use this farmland for grains and similar, we could feed a higher amount of people. Makes sense, or? Also, if the grains provided to the animals were fed to humans, we could save 3.5 billion people around the world from malnourishment.
5) Keep on eating all your favourite treats
Vegan cheese, vegan sausage, vegan cookies, vegan chocolate: you don't want to stop eating all your favourite treats when turning vegan? Then don't do it. There is no need to quit having a burger on Friday night or your fav chocolate ice cream, as within the last years more and more brands create vegan products.
6) Live in peace and love
Have you never seen a cute baby cow and thought, oh, how sweet? Would you be able to kill this cow by yourself? No? Then don't let someone else do it for you. And how about you let this creature live it's actually 20 years instead of the 4 years which becomes the real-life expectation by being forced to live as a milk machine. And in those few years getting raped all over again in order to become repeatedly pregnant while standing at the same place, chained and exhausted. Would you like to live like that?
To be clear, it's everyone's own choice to switch to a plant-based diet. These are only inspirations why it might be something you could perhaps consider to do. If there is still doubt if turning vegan is something for you, watch Earthlings - a documentary that may change your life. At least it changed mine.
Text by Bernak Kharabi
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