I’m a carnivore, but this infographic got me thinking I should change my ways. There are plenty of reasons to become vegetarian or vegan. We will go through them here. If you’re already on that path, leave a comment for all of us inspiring veg-heads and leave tips that make it easier to become vegetarian or vegan.
Reasons to Become Vegetarian or Vegan
There are plenty of reasons to begin on the path to becoming a vegetarian or full on vegan. For example,
vegans (on average) incredibly low bad cholesterol levels, AND are about 40% less likely to get cancer than people who eat meat. Let us look at the other benefits of becoming a vegetarian:
Health Reasons to Become Vegetarian or Vegan
Vegetarians Have Lower Risks of Heart Disease
There is evidence that those who go veg benefit from a lower risk of heart issues…and that means lower risk from dying of heart-related heart issues like heart attacks. These are not tiny studies. One study included almost 80,000 participants. The results of the study showed that vegetarians are 25% less likely to die of heart disease. Another large study (65,000 people) found that vegetarians have 19% fewer chances of dying from heart disease.
Vegetarians Have Lower Risks of Cancer
There are like a kabillion (ok…maybe not that many, but in the hundreds) that point towards a relationship between increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and lower risks of certain cancers. The benefits also showed for those who are pescatarians, the Oxford Vegetarian Study and EPIC-Oxford found that fish-eaters had a lower risk of certain cancers than vegetarians.
Vegetarians Have Lower Risks of Type 2 Diabetes
Those who eat more plants than vegetables tend to have lower chances to develop type 2 diabetes, AND those who eat red meats and processed meats) have higher chances of developing diabetes.
Not convinced? Check out the infographic below for more reasons to go veg!
Environmental Reasons to Become Vegetarian or Vegan
Becoming a Vegetarian or Vegan Can Help Save the Earth
You can do your part to reduce global warming simply by changing how you eat. Livestock (example – Cows) make more greenhouse gasses than all autos in the world. Why? The answer is simple…poop…lots of poop. If you simply reduce or completely remove animal protein from your diet, you can make a huge impact.
Becoming a Vegetarian or Vegan Removes Suffering from the World
You have probably seen videos of factory farms. They have almost no protection from cruelty that is just horrid. Farm animals are quite smart and sweet. They feel pain just like you and me. They have feelings. By reducing or eliminating the consumption of animal products, you can make the world a better place for them.
Even if you don’t become a vegan or a vegetarian…you can try out Meatless Mondays and still make a difference. If you want to give it a try, check out these vegetarian recipes, it is a great place to start. And lucky for meat lovers, it seems that Beyond Meat will soon be an affordable option for us all!
Why You Should Become Vegetarian or Vegan Infographic
Source: Retail Me Not