Plant-based diets—including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes—offer an abundant, diverse selection of nutrient-rich foods to choose from, are high in fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, have no cholesterol and almost no saturated fat.
According to numerous studies, plant-based diets have been shown to lower the risk of many diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. The American Dietetic Association states, “…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
In addition, veganism can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world. We have the ability to feed the 7 billion people on the planet. However, at any given time, there are at least 20 billion farmed animals on the planet, almost three times the total human population. Animals eat much more food than they produce. Animal-based food requires far more resources (food, land, water and energy) than plant-based food. If people ate the plants now fed to animals, there would be more than enough food to eliminate world hunger.
Veganism is about celebrating life by taking care of your health, the health of our planet, and by protecting the lives of the animals who share our world.
Make the commitment.