TOP 3 REASONS TO EAT VEGAN
1. For the Animals With every piece of chicken, cow, pig, turkey, duck, lamb, or veal calf you don’t eat, you are opting out of a system that slaughters roughly 10 billion land animals for food each year in America, according to estimates from the Humane Society of the United States. (That’s not even counting fish.) Vegan diets take the notion one step further by eschewing all animal products, including eggs and dairy.
2. For the Environment “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” an oft-referenced 2006 report issued by the United Nations, had some environmentalists choking on their cheeseburgers: The livestock sector generates more than 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Factory farms are also major contributors to land erosion and water pollution.
3. For Your Health Vegetarians have a lower risk of colon and bowel cancers, and some studies suggest a link between plant-based diets and reduced instances of Alzheimer’s disease. Going veg also offers significant improvements to quality of life. “In our research studies, we see changes almost instantly,” says Neal D. Barnard, MD. “Within the first day or two, digestion improves. After a few weeks, blood pressure and cholesterol are noticeably improved, and if a person has diabetes, it is usually dramatically better too.”