Many of us have at one point in our lives thought about going vegan. Whether you are a vegetarian who wants to go the extra mile and commit to an entirely plant-based diet, or you are a proud meat-eater just curious about the benefits of a vegan diet, this blog post is for you. We explore some of the top 5 reasons people try veganism as well as some of the benefits switching to a vegan diet can have on people.
Unhealthy diets are now the top cause of chronic disease globally. Eating a varied and balanced vegan diet has been associated with many health benefits. These include lower blood sugar levels, improved kidney function, a lower body mass index and reduced risk of death from heart disease and certain cancers. There is also some evidence to suggest that eating a plant-based diet can help to alleviate the symptoms of certain chronic conditions including IBS, diabetes, fatty liver disease and arthritis as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety and stress.
We should all be doing our part to protect our world. One way you can do this is by cutting out some meat, especially red meat and large fish to significantly lower your personal greenhouse gas emissions. According to Carbon Brief, animal-based foods tend to have a larger carbon footprint when compared with plant-based foods. On average, emissions from plant-based foods are 10 to 50 times smaller than those from animal products.
If you have ever worried about the origin of some of the meat and dairy products on our supermarket shelves then trying veganism is a great way to take a stand against inhumane practices. Animals are sentient beings who can feel pain in a similar way to humans so making the switch to a vegan diet is a great way to avoid factory-farmed animal products and potentially save an animals life. If you want to get involved in the fight against factory farming we suggest you check out the Compassion in World Farming charity website for more ways you can help.
From impossible "beef" burgers to delicious dairy-free cheese, nowadays there are so many options out there for vegans. This means you can still eat and enjoy all your favourite foods as almost every meal you can think of can be turned vegan! You will also get to try some amazing new dishes as you get creative with fruits, vegetables and vegan alternatives to animal products.
A vegan diet is typically centre around legumes, beans, grains, nuts and seeds as well as seasonal vegetables and fruit. All of these items are a lot cheaper to purchase when compared with animal-based products. They are also less resource-intensive to produce when compared with animal agriculture. Raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk uses about 70% of agricultural land, and is one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution. So not only are you cutting your shopping spend in half, but you are also helping to quell the damaging environmental effects of meat production.
If you are interested in learning more about a vegan diet and how to make the switch safely and sustainably, we recommend you take a look at the NHS website for further advice and guidance.