Why the Vegan Hype?

Hello friends!

Let me just start off by saying this will not be a “preachy” blog post. Many people associate vegans with being a little, let’s say, over informative…

But hey, can you blame us? We’re only saving the world!

My name is Evan, I’m a health and wellness nut, and I am here to tell you why being vegan is SO important and the most positive lifestyle you could ever live! This post will give you the all 411 to (hopefully!) inspire you to make some changes in your own life!

Health Benefits

It’s no surprise that a vegan/plant-based lifestyle has an abundant of health benefits, but here are a few specific examples of the scarier health issues it can reduce or actually reverse:

o Type 2 diabetes

o Heart disease (aka the leading cause of death in the United States)

o Hypertension

o Stroke

o Obesity

o Cancer

I would bet that every person that reads this has known someone that is affected by one of these conditions, or has experienced one themselves. Eating plant-based nourishes your body with such high percentages of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants (only found in plant foods, and are things like beta-carotene in carrots which help your vision and immune system!).

I don’t know about you, but a lifestyle that tremendously decreases my risk of any major disease and gives my body so many wholesome goodies it needs to properly function, is a lifestyle that sounds almost too good to be true! (But luckily it isn’t!)

Animal Welfare

Probably the most well-known reason behind veganism is the anti-cruelty aspect of it. Most of the population would declare themselves as animal lovers, but then we also eat animals. If you think about it, it’s kind of backwards how we choose to love one animal as a pet but then consume another for food, when they are both in the same animal category.

Factory farming is a horrendous exploitation of animals, and its workers, as the well-being of both the animals and humans involved with it is completely disregarded. Everything is done with money as the goal in mind, and everything is done with no emotion and very detached from the reality of the situation.

Animals are kept in overcrowded areas with barely any room to move, a disgusting environment, and are constantly getting injured and receive no medical attention. Because money is the goal, the workers want to “process” as many animals in one day as possible in order to meet their quota. This means they have to be working at a fast pace, often leading to inefficient ways to kill the animal and causing a horrible amount of suffering before they actually die.

(a “nicer” picture of what animal agriculture looks like)

This is all a routine practice that happens each and every single day to millions of animals. Slaughterhouse workers are also psychologically affected and are at risk for being injured by the frightened animals that may lash out in self-defense.

Bottom line: If you like any kinds of animals and would not like to have them killed or tortured each day on your behalf, don’t eat them!

Environmental Impact

One of the lesser known effects of a vegan lifestyle is its immensely positive impact on the environment. Here are some fast facts about what our planet is undergoing due to animal agriculture:

o Animals raised for food production are fed over half of all the world’s crops, all while there are 795 million people starving each day

o 60% of worldwide deforestation is attributed to agricultural land, which is used for grazing cattle

o Livestock is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, a gas that is 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide

o The meat and dairy industries use 1/3 of Earth’s fresh water

o Animal agriculture is the leading cause of

§ Species extinction

§ Ocean dead zones

§ Water pollution

§ Habitat destruction

These are all very real and very scary facts that many people are not aware of and are a call to action from all of us (yes, including you!). But good news: we have the power to make a real impact and real changes!

Feel empowered to do good for the planet, for the animals, and for your body!

Have an amazing day!

Extra Links (check these out!)

Cowspiracy Documentary

Vegucated Documentary

Forks Over Knives

Email me with any questions or if you would like any more information!

Evan.kafka@marquette.edu

Sources:

“Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle.” I LOVE VEGAN. N.p., 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.” RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.

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