Why become Vegan?
Vegan Lifestyle, why are people converting? What is it?
A vegan lifestyle consists of removing all type of meat and dairy products from your diet and lifestyle. There are differences between in being a vegetarian and a vegan. A vegetarian will not consume meat, fish or poultry. Vegans will, as vegetarians not consume meat, fish or poultry but in addition egg, dairy and other products, which are developed from animal products.
There are many reasons why people make the choice becoming vegan, which include
- Animal welfare – not using products related to the cruelty of animals
- Environmental concerns – its highlighted the meat industry has a significant impact on the environment, it can be wasteful and have an impact on the pollution.
- Plant based resources – support for plant based diet which can have significant benefits to the earth.
Health and Nutrition
A vegan diet consists of a plant-based diet; it is full of nutrients, which include fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamins required. Although its also vital that in the absence of meat, protein is consumed within its correct form. Protein supports the metabolism and keeps your organs and muscles healthy. Iron is also an essential nutrient and there are many factors, which can affect iron in your body. Iron is essential in a daily together with vitamin c to help the body absorb the iron.
Plant based diet should contain fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. This type of diet would support in reducing health risks such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension, obesity, diet related cancers, constipation, gallstones and many other conditions. It is highlighted that meat, poultry and seafood contain foodborne illnesses such as parasites, bacteria and toxins, which could have significant impact on your health. There may be concerns whether the vegan diet will cause deficiency, there may be slight risks but a planned diet can support in achieving all type of nutrients required.
Reduced amount of migraines attributed to the plant based diet, as apparently there is research how there are links between the food we consume and how they can cause migraines. A vegan diet holds the nutrients to support in preventing migraines. Dairy, chocolate, eggs and meat are some foods, which may trigger migraines.
Vegan diet is suitable for all ages, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Its important to understand that a well-placed balance diet is required to ensure the body receives its relevant nutrients.
Protecting the environment
A plant-based diet supports the planet and the environment, reduces the need for farmland and also energy. A vegan lifestyle also reduces air pollution and less stress on our natural resources.
Industrialized animal farming has been a major factor that has contributed to environmental degradation, which is why a lot of people have been switching to a vegan diet to protect the environment. As you start embracing the animal-free diet, even you will feel it is the logical step towards a healthy body and a healthy planet.
A research at Oxford University highlighted that cutting meat and dairy would have a significant impact on a individuals carbon footprint from food up to 73%. Also if everyone ceased to eat dairy and meat, it would reduce farmland by 75%. The information displays the impact it would have by choosing a vegan lifestyle. Sustaining people with animal products requires farmland to feed the animals; this would be have a significant effect on the planet.
Greenhouse emissions has an impact on animal agriculture, meat productions requires vast amounts of energy. Fossil fuels are burnt in raising and slaughtering animals for food, including persistent land use and water depletion and impact on pollution. This will have a significant impact on climate change too.
Dairy & Egg Industry
Why does dairy have a impact on a Vegan lifestyle? To keep up with demand, a cow is artificially inseminated to be able to deliver milk. A cow and calf are separated within 24 hours from birth, causing stress for both mother and calf. Calves play an important part of the process and provide milk whilst they are supplied with powered milk replacement.
Chickens are selectively bred for either consumption or egg production; the conditions may not be great where chickens are placed. Chickens have a life for more than 10 years but in a farm, they have a certain lifetime whilst in a farmland such as laying eggs to being slaughtered for food.