Studies comparing regular diets to plant-based diets showed that weight loss in plant-based diets does not depend on exercise can occur at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week. A plant-based diet causes more calories to be burned after a meal, while regular diets cause fewer calories to be burned due to the fact that the food consumed is stored as fat.
Plant-based diets are extremely nutrient dense, they do not compromise diet quality and are highly recommend for weight management.
Plant-based diets are ideal for preventing and managing diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance and improving insulin sensitivity.
The Adventist Health Studies found that those following a plant-based diet have approximately half the risk of developing diabetes as those following regular diets that high in animal protein.
Those that follow a plant-based diet have a lower risk of developing chronic heart diseases such as ischemic heart disease.
A Lyon Diet Heart Study comparing ischemic heart disease death rate ratios of vegetarians and non-vegetarians found that vegetarians experienced decreased heart related events by 70% compared to non-vegetarian group.
Plant-based diets are associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality compared with regular diets.
Plant-based diets are associated with a lower mortality primarily due to a decreased consumption of red meat. Numerous studies have shown that a low meat intake is linked to decrease cardiac events and longevity.
A healthy, plant-based diet requires discipline, planning and reading labels. For those that want to follow a pant-base diet the benefits are numerous and well worth it. Switching to a plant-based diet can help reduce the number of medication needed to treat various chronic conditions, decreased risk of cancer, it can lead to a lower body weight and a reduction in the risk of death from cardio events.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” ~Albert Einstein
Now more then ever, people are turning to a vegan lifestyle to improve their health, lose weight, increase their energy levels, and even overcome chronic disease. There are many health benefits from adopting a plant-based diet, and there is a vast amount of scientific evidence supporting that it is the healthiest, most natural diet, for Humans to consume. With the estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, related to diet, it’s no wonder that cultures who mainly consume a plant-based diet are the healthiest, slimmest, and longest Living people on the plant. Consuming a plant-based reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer; But where do you get your protein, iron, calcium, etc.
Contrary to what you may have been told, plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.
The sources of these nutrients are also low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants.
An increasing number of health professionals are now Acknowledging that animal products are not only unnecessary for optimal health, but are actually harmful to our health.
I recommend checking out The-China-Study by T. Colin Campbell”. it is arguably the most comprehensive study ever done on nutrition and provides compelling evidence that links the consumption of animal products to disease such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis,
If you want to learn more about the health benefits of a Plant-based diet I highly recommend watching the documentary forks over knives
I also recommend checking out the resources section of this website for more educational books, documentaries and websites.
“veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” ~Gary L. Francione
It is estimated that there are over 925 million people around the world who are suffering from the effects of hunger. That is enough hunger people to fill up almost two entire continents! Every year, over 2.5 million children under the age of Five, die from starvation.
Did you know that there is more than enough food on this plant to feed everyone? But if this is true, then why do so many people continue to starve? This has to do largely with the production of Animal-based products such as meat and dairy.
There is more than enough plant-based food on this planet to feed the entire world’s population, but unfortunately the majority of this food is fed to livestock. The amount of animal-based products that is produced is much less than the plant-based food that is put into it. For example, it can take anywhere from 13-20 pounds of gain fed to a cow just to produce 1 pound of muscle ( beef ).
This diminished return on investment is what makes the animal farming industry so unsustainable.
A 2013 study by scientists from the institute on the environment and the university of Minnesota found that if all food cops were fed to humans instead of livestock, the worlds food supply would increase by 70 percent. This would be enough food to feed an additional 4 billion people, which is more than enough to feed the 925 million who are suffering from hunger everyday!
A plant-based diet is a far more sustainable way to feed the worlds growing population, and with rising global food and water insecurity, there has never been a better time to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
“If Slaughtershouses had walls, the whole world would be vegetarian” ~ Paul McCartney
Some people will initially a vegan Lifestyle due to concerns around animals rights. Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment purposes we can’t continue to ignore the horrors that are taking place in factory farms, slaughterhouses, fur farms, animal research labs, and Entertainment venues ( e.g. circuses ).
The majority of those who consume an animal-based diet want to believe that their meat, dairy and eggs are ethical, and the animals lived full, happy lives roaming freely on a farm, and when it came to slaughter they experience no pain or fear. Unfortunately this is not true. All living creatures ( whether Labelled “Free range’ or organic ) are sentient beings, and just like us they feel emotion and fear death. It doesn’t matter how they are treated while they are alive, when it
comes, it slaughter, they all experience the same fear.
Over 70 billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption every year, and the majority are factory farmed, That’s over 100,000 animals killed every minute. These animals are crammed into cages where they can’t hardly move and can spend their entire lives in crates or stalls so small
that they can’t even turn around. Feedlots are often crowed and filthy with open sewers and choking air.
Conditions are so bad that animals require huge amounts of antibiotics just to stay alive.
Hormones and stimulants are also injected to make them grow bigger and faster, and many dairy farms use recombinant bovine growth hormone ( rBGH ) to increase milk production ( despite the fact that it has been shown to cause cancer and other diseases ). By adopting a plant-based diet not only improve our own health, but we help also alleviate the needless suffering the deaths of countless animals.
If you want to learn more about animal rights and how we can reduce our impact on animal suffering, I highly recommend watching the award- winning documentary ‘Earthlings’ nationearth.com
This powerful and informative documentary is considered the definite animal rights film by organizations around the world.
“Each Day, A person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 Sq ft of forested land, 20 pounds C02 equivalent, and one animals life”.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all transportation combined! Based on this fact alone, it is highly hypocritical for anyone to call themselves an environmentalist if they consume a meat and dairy based diet.
The most effective way to reduce you carbon footprint is to avoid a diet containing animal products. A plant-based diet only requires one third of the land needed to support the livestock require for a meat-based diet.
In fact it takes about 18 times more land to produce a meat-based diet. This means that if everyone consumed a meat-based diet we would consume no less than three plants. Think that’s crazy? If everyone were to consumed the amount of meat recommended on the “Paleo diet, or other high protein fad diet, it would cause such unimaginable destruction that we would consume no less then ten PLANTS!
The huge amount of grain feed that is required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and the extinction of several animal species.
A vegan diet on the other hand, requires much lower quantities of crops and water, making it one of the most effective ways of reducing our impact on the environment.
Chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is also a greatest threats to
water quality today.
For more shocking facts I highly recommend visiting ” cowspiracy.com ( the sustainable secret )
It has never been easier to be vegan than it is now. These days it is easier than ever to find great tasting vegan foods, whether it be at the local supermarket, cafe or restaurant- most places are more than happy to cater for vegans and some places will even provide a vegan menu. So rather then asking yourself why go vegan, maybe you should ask yourself why not?
“Go vegan. It’s better for your health ( animal foods cause physical harm ); it’s better for the environment ( animal agriculture is an ecological disaster ); and, most importantly morally right thing to do.” ~ Gary Francione