Being a vegan means not only being a vegetarian, not eating meat, fish and poultry, but also not eating or using any animal products or by-products, including dairy, eggs, fur, leather, silk, wool, honey, basically any product derived from an animal.
As our social conscience and responsibility grows, more and more people are turning to veganism. It is more than simply a diet, it is a philosophy and a way of life. Most people become vegans for ethical, environmental and health reasons. Vegans feel a responsibility for the animals, the environment and the world we live in.
Here are the top five reasons people choose to become vegans:
Reason 1: The Animals.
The main reason people turn to veganism is to take a stand against exploitation, abuse and cruelty to animals. Over the years there have been many reports of animals for consumption living and being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways. A vegan can save up to 100 animals per year. They are against the harm, suffering and death of animals and as such, do not make use of animals for clothing, entertainment, experimentation, pets and food.
Reason 2: Good Health.
Most vegans claim great health benefits from their diet and lifestyle, including greater energy, younger looking skin and even a longer life. A healthy vegan diet is high in fibre and low in saturated fat as well as being rich in antioxidants, known to be of great benefit in the fight against disease such as cancer, obesity and heart disease. The diet is also packed full of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, calcium and vitamin C and E. The diet is also said to lower blood pressure. All of the above assumes a well-balanced and healthy vegan diet. By following a vegan diet, you will also avoid some of the less healthy additives often found in modern meat such as hormones and antibiotics.
Reason 3: For the Taste.
There is no doubt that veganism is becoming very fashionable and this is for a number of reasons, taste being one of them. Vegan food has always had many choices and options and provided it is prepared correctly, can be very tasty. Given the growing numbers of vegans, more and more options become available for this market. The internet has also helped to spread not only ideas and philosophies but also recipes and new trends. There are a growing number of very creative recipes available for vegans so there is much to choose from. Apart from a healthy diet, execise is also important. Be sure to include exercise such as running, walking or walking on a treadmill. Treadmill Trends offers some interesting options.
Reason 4: For People.
With the huge growth in the human population, the land and resources are under extreme pressure. This is made worse by the use of animals as they consume more proteins and water than they produce. They need much more land and other limited resources than the equivalent amount of plant material would.
Livestock are responsible for an alarming amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It also leads to land degradation and a reduction in biodiversity. All of this contributes to climate change as well as putting pressure on our scarce water resources.
Reason 5: For The Environment.
Whatever the reason, there is no stopping the growth of veganism. We only have one earth and we need to look after it. By becoming a vegan, you are not only helping the animals but so too the environment and the people of this earth. All of this while enjoying a tasty and healthy lifestyle.
Veganism is clearly not for everybody but now that you understand a little more about it, give it some thought and make your own decisions. We only have on life and one world.