The Vegan Revolution
“Fully a quarter of 25- to 34-year-old Americans say they are vegans or vegetarians. The business of providing vegan meals is booming.”
- The Economist
Top Seven Reasons For Going Vegan
1. Health Benefits
Transitioning to a vegan diet has proven benefits to your health: a lower risk or reversal of symptoms of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. Vegans on average are quite a few pounds lighter than vegetarians, flexitarians, and omnivores, and many report endless energy, a lighter feel and a skip in their step after maintaining a vegan diet.
2. Environmental Benefits
A plant-based diet is ‘greener’ than one with meat, milk and egg products because raising animals consumes so many of our planet’s resources. The livestock industry is one of the world’s greatest sources of pollution.
Reducing animal production would also slow the clearing of land (most notably the Amazon rainforest) for cattle grazing and feed crops. It would also help save countless gallons of fresh water and reverse the polluting of waterways that pass near factory farms.
3. Innovative & Amazing Cuisine
Everywhere, people are discovering how tasty vegan cuisine can be. Vegan chefs are taking first prize in ‘Cupcake Wars,’ while award-winning casual and world-class vegan restaurants are emerging. More and more, people are singing the praises of the amazing flavors of innovative vegan cooking.
Beyond Meat has a Beast Burger, Hampton Creek has an eggless mayo that beats traditional mayo in taste tests, and Gardein makes fish filets that can be paired with Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Tartar sauce. A vegan diet offers the chance to experience a rich ‘cheeze’ sauce made from nutritional yeast, discover the varied creamy functions of cashews and explore accent spices like cayenne and cardamom.
4. Nutritionally Sound
Concerned about meeting your body’s nutritional needs on a plant-based diet? No worries! According to The American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
5. Animal Welfare
Cruelty-free eating translates into some 100 animals per year per person, on average, that won’t become food. This spares farmed animals from inhumane but legal farming practices that see them as industrial units of business, and not sentient beings who feel fear, pain and the effects of confinement.
6. Social Justice
With so much hunger and malnutrition in the world, the practice of feeding animals to feed people, when people could be fed directly with grains that go to animals, cannot be ignored. One pound of beef takes thousands more pounds of feed to produce, and even in countries where children go hungry, surpluses are fed to animals. Deforestation of indigenous lands and the contamination of air and water from animal agriculture are other serious social justice issues to consider.
The vegan buzz is growing. Vegan news is trending, social media is chockfull of vegan food and lifestyle bloggers, and vegan meet-up groups are gathering for everything from restaurant visits to activism. There are even dating sites for compassionate vegans to meet their match! Celebrities, politicians, health professionals and people of all ages are choosing a diet that includes a huge helping of compassion and a large serving of healthful eating. Veganism is on the rise. Get in on it for an exciting ride!
“The creative and delicious recipes from Mark Reinfeld’s Vegan Fusion book will help you discover the sense of well being, wholeness and lightness that results from a plant based diet.”
- Dr. Jane Goodall