Eating a plant based diet is not only good for you, but it’s also good for the planet. No one can argue that it’s good for animals too. Obviously, since no one has to kill an animal to eat plants, that’s clear. Let’s delve into each of these claims to find out more.
A very cursory look at the literature shows that eating a plant based diet void of animal products and proceed food will not only keep you healthy, but if you are sick, a plant based diet can reverse illness caused by food such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even slow down the progression of some cancers. While eating vegan will not rid you of any and all chances of getting a disease, it can cut down on the risks of triggering or making worse a condition that you already have.
The key is to eat a whole food plant based diet that is void of added processed foods including fats like olive oil. For example, eat the whole olive instead of the oil to reap the benefits of the whole food idea. The evidence is overwhelming that a plant based diet is helping people with all kinds of health issues from depression to Osteoporosis.
If you suffer from constipation, eating a diet rich in high fiber plants will eventually eliminate the need for laxatives and other drugs. Plants are rich in water, fiber and all the macronutrients that you could possibly need and once you switch over within just a month of sticking to the whole food plant based diet, you’ll notice a difference.
The Planet’s Health
Surely you’ve seen the memes going around that Almonds use 10 percent of California’s water supply. But did you know that the cattle industry uses 40 percent? Not only that, California makes more money from plants than from the cattle industry too. If one person stops eating animal products it’s as if they purchased an electric car or stopped driving in terms of the carbon footprint they leave on the world.
Not only that, whether you are morally okay with animals being exploited for food or not, the truth is our lands cannot sustain us on a meat based diet for much longer. The population is expected to grow by over 3 billion in the next 40 years which will cause meat consumption to double or triple and the land mass needed to grow animal products to feed that number of people simply is nonexistent.
For example an average family can live off about 1 acre of land or less if they use raised bed gardening practices when eating plant based. Whereas, if that same family eats meat their land use needs will grow to more than 20 acres. It’s simply unsustainable for the long term.
For The Animals
The last reason of course is really one of the first reasons many people decide to live a plant based lifestyle. The health and environmental benefits are just icing on the cake. Even when a farmer tries to raise animals in a cruelty free environment the fact of the matter is, ultimately the animal has to die to provide food. In some cultures this is necessary due to the lack of ability to farm, but in most cultures it’s simply not necessary. If you can get enough food and nutrition without killing or using an animal, why not do it?
These three reasons are compelling and strong reasons to start a plant based diet. Do you want to know more about starting a plant based diet now?