What is a vegan?
The term vegan refers to people who don’t eat or use animal products. A vegan diet excludes consumption of all animal products (meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy) and all by-products derived from them.
Why do people go vegan?
Individuals choose to be vegan for many reasons. You can find my reason for becoming vegan in My Story. Here are the three most common reasons that I’ve encountered:
For Your Health
Years of research show that eating a plant-based diet helps protect you from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Removing animal protein and dairy from your diet can reduce exposure to harmful toxins and decrease inflammation in and throughout your body. Skeptical? Try eating a whole foods, plant-based (vegan) diet for one week. You will be amazed by how you feel!
For the Animals
Animals raised for slaughter experience untold pain and suffering. When you choose to be vegan, you are taking a compassionate stand against animal suffering and violence toward any species. More than 65 billion land animals are slaughtered annually worldwide – and this number is on the rise. The inside story of our country’s factory farms (and the conditions therein) is well-hidden from the public eye. Have you ever wondered why?
For the Environment
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of pollution, deforestation, and water consumption. It is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. A vegan diet is the best diet for our planet. Less energy and fewer resources are needed to produce fruits and vegetables; and less pollution is generated in the cultivation of plants.
How many people in the world are vegan?
It’s hard to know exactly how many people are vegan, but research data from Google Trends showsin the interest in veganism from 2004 to 2018 and there’s been a 600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S in the last three years. According to a by research firm GlobalData, only 1% of U.S. consumers claimed to be vegan in 2014. And in 2017, that number rose to 6%.
Where do vegans get their protein?
Protein is found in all whole plant foods! Beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds all have protein. As long as you eat a varied plant-based diet, you will easily get all the protein that you need. In fact, the average vegan gets about 70% more protein than they even need in a day! Not convinced? Watchto learn more.