When the New Year rolls around, most peoples’ resolutions focus around eating better, staying healthy and losing weight, in addition to being nicer and kinder to others. But did you know that you can do all of that simply by going vegan? (1) Yes, it’s true! And you can continue to eat tasty meals (2) while you’re at it. Now, let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons to go vegan this year.
1. It’s the Best Thing to Do to Help Animals
By going vegan, you can save as many as 200 animals each year! If you want to be kind and compassionate, there is not a better way to avoid the unnecessary suffering of animals than to avoid using meat, eggs, and dairy products. (3) (4)
2. You Lose Weight and Feel Energized
Let’s be honest here: the western diet is not the healthiest, so many of us wish to lose weight in the New Year. If that’s your goal, you should know that meat eater tend to be 20 pounds heavier than your average vegan. (5) More importantly, a vegan diet helps keep the extra fat away (6) while making you feel energized, which is in stark contrast to various diets of the week which leave people feeling drained.
3. Vegans Are Happier and Healthier
Becoming a vegan is proven to keep you healthy. (7) Meat eaters are much more prone to developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and coronary disease, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports. (8) Make no mistake, a plant-based diet will give you all the nutrients your body requires (9) like fiber, minerals, and plant protein, and you won’t have to eat meat that can make you sick and tired (10) due to all the saturated fat and cholesterol it carries.
4. Vegan Food Is Actually Very Delicious
People are very sensitive when it comes to the food they eat, but by going vegan, you don’t have to ditch your favorite things. In fact, you can still eat ice cream and burgers, (11) for example, but you’ll be getting rid of harmful cholesterol and help fight animal cruelty. With more and more people turning vegan, we are seeing more companies coming up with meat-options free of meat (12) and dairy (13) that are incredibly healthy and taste great.
5. Meat Production Is Usually Riddled With Health Risks
You may not know this but the production of meat and dairy products is often plagued by contamination (14) with things like blood and feces making them the biggest reason why people get food poisoning in the US. In a study performed by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, scientists found that virtually all of the Tyson chicken they came across had a bacteria called campylobacter, (15) which causes 2.5 million cases of poisoning annually.
6. Pigs Are Incredibly Intelligent Animals
Most people don’t have a lot of interaction with live pigs, (16) chickens, (17) fish, (18) or cows (19) as much as they do with common pets like cats or dogs, but animals used in food production can be just as smart (20) and capable of suffering as the little fur babies that we keep around the house.
7. You Will Help Feed the Planet
One thing people may not know is that meat consumption doesn’t only affect animals, it hurts other people as well. (21] To produce a single pound of meat takes 13 pounds of grain, which requires a massive amount of food and labor. Instead of raising meat, we could be all eating those crops directly. Ultimately, we can feed more people if more of us go vegan. (22)
8. Vegans Protect the Planet
While using your bike and recycling is great, it turns out that meat consumption is the worst thing you can do to the planet. Producing meat wastes a lot of resources (23) while being a huge source of pollution. (24) Companies within this industry are also the leading cause of preventable climate change and global warming. (25) If you’re environmentally-minded, adopt the vegan way of life, as it is much more effective than traditional approaches to saving our planet.
9. It’s Also the Cool Thing to Do
Famous actors and singers like Joaquin Phoenix, Arianna Grande, Woody Harrelson, and Miley Cyrus are all vegans because they have the resources to do what’s most healthy and environmentally friendly.
10. Looking Sexy Will Make You Sexy
Once you shed the pounds and feel ten years younger, you’ll also be able to devote more time and energy to that special someone. And who can resist someone that not only looks good, but is compassionate as well?