Benefits of a Vegan Diet

Wed, 13 May 2009

There are three key reasons why people adopt a vegan diet : for the rights of animals, for environmental reasons and for health reasons.

Vegans do not eat dairy products including eggs. Their main reason is that they wish animals to be left free of human interference. In addition, most commercial egg-laying chickens as well as dairy cows are slaughtered once their productivity lessens due to age. This is so for free range animals even.

Vegans highly regard the lives of animals, not viewing them for human use. Vegans also consider livestock farming as having a devastating effect on the planet because animal feed production uses lot of land, water and fertiliser , as well as other resources, which could be better used to feed humans. The pollution resultant from animal feed production is of great concern too.

More people around the world could be fed off existing land if we all were vegans.

The health benefits of being vegan is that you are likely to be less prone to getting diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, just to mention a few illnesses.

Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may stop or perhaps even reverse the progression of their illness, according to a recent American study. This research focussed on 500,000 people and discovered that eaters of red meat and processed meat died prematurely more often than others.

Vegans eat a diet full of fibre and other essential nutrients. They eat numerous plant based foods which are a great source of protein . Vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, fruits, and legumes have no cholesterol and are low in fat, particularly in saturated fats.

Lots of vegans start out as vegetarians , gradually becoming a vegan.
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