Veganism is becoming a popular diet trend as of late, and it’s shaking up the world as we know it. People are often uneducated about the diet itself, and make many excuses as to why it is an unattainable lifestyle for themselves. But as the support for the vegan diet increases, so does the importance for looking at why one should consider the vegan diet. There are three major reasons for deciding to make the switch, and looking at the health, ethical and environmental aspects of it certainly makes one’s decision easier.
The poor treatment of animals in factory farming is one of the biggest reasons for deciding to make the switch. On the Vegan Society website, the introductory article details, “having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere.” Many people think that going vegetarian is enough but the egg and milk industry is just as harmful to the animals as the meat industry is.
Many people report an improvement in their health after making the switch. The vegan society comments, “well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.” Animal products and bi-products are actually very harmful to one’s health, especially with the frequency that the average person consumes them.
The Vegan Society notes “one of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.” Factory farming contributes to many of the environmental issues we face today.