Updated: Apr 4, 2019
There are so many reasons to go vegan. We're counting them down to our number one.
10. Increased skin health. Vegans report decreased skin eruptions and more of a “glow.” This can be due in part to the removal of milk products, as this increases sebum production.
9. Vegan diets supply a ton of vitamins and minerals, however, make sure you consume fermented foods, fortified B12 products, and/or a supplement, as this essential vitamin is not found in many plants.
8. Reduced risk of salmonella, e.coli and mad cow disease. Reduced meat consumption reduces the risk of animal-borne disease.
7. Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes and certain types of cancer. Vegan diet is typically low in saturated fats and sugar; high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, which protect the body against chronic disease.
6. Less greenhouse-gas emissions. Growing plants takes a lot less resources than raising animals. Animals raised for food account for a significant amount of greenhouse gas.
5. You will lose weight! Many plant-based eaters consume far fewer calories than typical meat-eaters, therefore, weight loss usually is a result.
4. Decreased risk of gout, rheumatoid arthritis and high blood pressure. All of the above diseases have been associated with increased meat consumption.
3. Increased energy. Many vegans report increased energy, stamina, and athletic performance simply by changing their diets.
2. Reduction of kidney stones, gall stones, osteoporosis and asthma. There has been a significant reduction in these diseases as a result of going vegan.
1. You live longer! Research shows that people who eat a vegan diet live longer. Many vegans are pretty healthy; including exercise, healthy lifestyle, along with eating a ton of fruit and vegetables. All of these factors contribute to a longer life.
Are these enough reasons for you? Well, what are you waiting for?!
List contributed by Dr. Scott Schreiber