Vegan – The Benefits

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Three key facts about vegans

For the record, the definition of being a vegan is someone who does not eat or use animal products. If you only eat a vegan diet then you don’t eat animal or animal bi-products.

More vegans in the UK than ever before.

There are more than half a million vegans in the UK today. This is an increase for 350% in the last 10 years, a 2016 study by The Vegan Society found. Many of us are increasingly concerned about the impact we as humans make on the environment.

Demand for meat free foods increased by 987% last year (2017) alone. Without going the “whole hog” so to speak, some of us are becoming “flexitarian”. This is a new word describing those that eat more plant based meals, only occasionally eating meat. But why is everyone choosing this plant-based diet and what are the benefits ?

Benefits of a Vegan diet.

  1. YOUR HEALTH – Being vegan can help you to lose weight. A 2015 study showed that those following a vegan diet lost comparatively more weight than those following omnivorous and vegetarian ones.
    • A vegan diet of fruit and berries, vegetables, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds and whole grains has also been proved to be rich in nutrients and minerals, several studies have reported that they provide more fibre, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds.
    • There is a common misconception that the vegan lifestyle will mean you lose out on nutrients, however, with the right substitutions, you can find you get enough.
    • It’s also worth mentioning that adopting veganism can be a fun process that not only helps the environment but also exposes you to new, delicious foods you would never have considered eating before.
  2. ANIMALS – An obvious, but still important reason to consider going vegan.
    • With over 8 billion farmed animals in factory farms, there’s no doubt that leaving animals off your plate helps both animals and you !
    • The vast majority of meat produced comes from farming on an industrial scale and we can combat this by cutting even a few meat products out of our diet each week.
    • You’ll be improving the environment with the knowledge that your eating habits are more ethical. WIN WIN 😁
  3. ENVIRONMENT – Agriculture is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (more than all transport).
    • 27kg CO2 is generated per kilo beef in comparison to 0.9kg per kilo of lentils.
    • Rearing livestock for animal-based products requires far more land, water and energy than producing grain
    • Eating a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth, studies suggest.
    • Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.
    • Meanwhile, if everyone stopped eating these foods,  global farmland useage could be reduced by 75% which is an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined.

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