In this article, explore the societal and health benefits of Vegan diet.
Many vegans scream about the animal cruelty and how that should be the reason everyone converts to a vegan lifestyle, but the truth is more people are concerned about their own wellbeing rather than the wellbeing of an animal they cannot see, touch or hear.
So, it should bring a smile to many people’s faces when we say there are more scientifically-backed studies that give even more personal health benefits that are only provided when adopting a vegan diet.
It has been shown in various studies that a vegan diet provides a higher availability of fiber, potassium, antioxidants and folate, which makes it the most mineral-and-vitamin-rich diet offered on the health and wellness circuit today. Not only that, but it is the number one recommended diet by general physicians and specialists when it comes to someone who needs to lose weight.
Health Benefits of Vegan Diet
Backed up by multiple prominent research studies, it has been proven that a vegan lifestyle has the following health benefits:
- Lowers the risk of cardiac events
- Reduce the risk of developing certain cancers
- Lowers an individual’s chance of type 2 diabetes
- Helps with regulating one’s metabolism, weight and can stave off certain weight-induced phenomena, such as hypertension
- Helps level out blood sugar levels and promote kidney function as a result of lowering and regulating internal blood sugars
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Helps individuals who suffer with different arthritic pains because many of the vegetables and fruits ingested contain antioxidants and free radicals that help manage internal swelling
- Helps in significant weight loss
One particularly renowned study compared a vegan diet to a dozen other popular and well-received diets and found that the participants who adopted the vegan diet lost the most weight, with an average of 9.3 pounds more than all the other groups of participants utilizing other diets!
Social Benefits of Vegan Diet
The Global Food Crisis
But, there are many different benefits to a vegan lifestyle that are not merely based on health. The UN recently released a report that stated a dire need for the world to migrate away from consistently consuming animal products.
The impact from a majority of the world’s growing population consuming meat and animal products is the growing need for crops to feed those animals in order to breed them for food. Food is not like finding an alternative for fossil fuels. People are required to eat for their survival.
However, as the current population stands, animals raised for the sole purpose of providing food to the general population consume over half of all the world’s crops.
And no, that is not some random statistic. That statistic was embedded within the UN’s official report.
It is simply an inefficient use of our planet’s natural resources. As the population continues to grow because of the advancement in medicine, more agricultural space is going to be necessary in order to grow and feed the heightened number of animals bred necessary for food purposes.
Many people talk about deforestation and scream for it to go away, but many people do not understand that around 56% of that deforestation is going to the purpose of agriculture: growing food not simply for humans, but for those animals that are raised specifically for general food sources.
And, as if that is not enough, around 850,000,000 people (around 15% of the entire world’s population) struggle and deal with undernourishment, even with all of this going on. It is all simply a waste of the planet’s natural resources that will become exhausted in the near future if we continue on this path.
What does being vegan have to do with any of this?
Well, not consuming animal products and meat takes a bit of the burden off this need for more agricultural space for those animals we need to feed. Adopting a vegan lifestyle takes the stress off the planet’s natural resources and will ultimately require less water, fossil fuels, and land in order to cultivate.
Multiple reports have surfaced that declare the world’s population will be around 9 billion individuals by 2050, and many more studies have been done that proclaim the world’s meat needs will not be sustainable by that point.
Adopting a vegan lifestyle can help that statistic.
The Social Stigma of Vegans: Misconceptions about Vegans
However, no one can deny the social stigma and misconceptions many people have because of the loud-and-proud vegans who accuse people of being monsters because they eat meat. Unfortunately, they are out there.
With any lifestyle, whether it be health-based, politically-based, or religiously-based, comes those who take it to an extreme and give the lifestyle a bad reputation. Luckily, there are ways you can combat that social stigma should you choose to adopt a vegan diet and/or lifestyle.
For starters, educate yourself. Look into those studies and hold those statistics at the ready. With taboo subjects come people who will want you to “prove” to them what you are talking about. So, be ready. Read and educate yourself in the avenues that have proven a vegan lifestyle does what it claims to do.
Many other people simply believe vegans are not getting what they need when it comes to macro-and-micro nutrients. Take, for example, protein and calcium. Once someone hears someone does not eat meat or animal byproducts, they automatically assume two things are not being ingested: calcium from milk and protein from meat. This is another avenue to properly educate someone.
Educate Yourself About Vegan Diet
Use your thirst for knowledge and research foods that are rich in calcium and protein that are not stereotypical resources. Not only should you incorporate those into your diet, you can also use this information when educating someone on what veganism really is versus what they have been originally introduced to.
Another way to get around this social stigma if you have not educated yourself fully yet is to simply say you enjoy the taste of something while not enjoying the taste of something else.
If you go out to a restaurant and order a vegan-based dish, someone will eventually ask,
“If you aren’t vegetarian, why are you eating a vegetarian dish?”
Instead of telling them “because I’m a vegan” and spiraling into that social stigma conversation, rephrase what you would say to them. Instead, tell them because you thought the dish would taste good or because you enjoy the taste of fried tofu versus the fried chicken they were offering.
No one can argue with you if it is simply a matter of what your taste buds and stomach preferred at the moment, but someone will always argue with you over ideologies.
However, education on the diet and lifestyle will be necessary at some point in time, especially if you ever want to talk about your eating habits with someone.
Luckily, we have designed a FREE web series about the Vegan Diet to walk you through all facets of Vegan diet including the right foods to eat, the science behind it, top athletes who swear by the diet, and how you can make simple lifestyle changes to get into the vegan diet.