Many people’s New Year’s resolutions often include
losing weight, eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make the
world a better place. You can accomplish all these goals by switching to a vegan
diet, and you’ll enjoy delicious, satisfying meals as well. Here are our top 10
reasons to go vegan this year:
1. Slim Down and Become Energized
Is shedding some extra pounds first on your
list of goals for the new year? Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. And
unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and usually result
in gaining all the weight back eventually), going vegan is the healthy way to
keep the excess fat off for good while feeling full of energy.
2. It’s the Best
Way to Help Animals
Every vegan saves more than 100 animals a year from horrible abuse. There is simply no easier way to
help so many animals and prevent so much suffering than by choosing vegan foods
over meat, eggs, and dairy products.
3. A Healthier, Happier You
A vegan diet is great for your health! According
to the American Dietetic Association, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high
blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients they need to be healthy
(e.g., plant protein, fiber, minerals, etc.) without all the nasty stuff in
meat that slows you
down and makes you sick, such as cholesterol
and saturated animal fat.
4. Vegan Food Is Delicious
So you’re worried that if you go vegan,
you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You
won’t. As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with
more and more delicious meat and dairy product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and
don’t hurt any animals. Plus, we have a list of some of our favorite products and thousands of
tasty kitchen-tested recipes to help
you get started!
5. Meat Is Gross
It’s disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with feces,
blood, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source
of food poisoning in the United
States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria
that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in
diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.
6. Help Feed the World
Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people too. It takes tons of
crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 16 pounds of
grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be
used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people
who go vegan, the more
we can feed the hungry.
7. Save the Planet
Eating meat is one of the worst things that
you can do for the Earth. It’s wasteful, it
causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the
meat industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change.
Adopting a vegan diet is more important than switching to a “greener”
car in the fight against climate change.
8. All the Cool Kids Are Doing It
The list of stars who shun animal flesh is
basically a “who’s who” of today’s hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix,
Natalie Portman, Tobey McGuire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony
Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune, Benji Madden, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Carrie Underwood
are just a handful of famous
vegans and vegetarians who regularly
appear in People magazine.
9. Look Sexy and Be Sexy
Vegans tend to be thinner than meat-eaters
and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special
someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs,
and dairy products don’t just clog the arteries to your heart. Over time, they
impede blood flow to other vital organs as well.) Plus, what’s sexier than someone who is not only
mega-hot but also compassionate?
10. Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Dog
While most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens, fish, and cows than they are
with dogs and cats, animals used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to
suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can learn to play
video games, and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been
compared by scientists to that of monkeys.
Article source: PETA Action Alerts