Veganism is a lifestyle that many choose for health or environmental reasons. One of the questions usually brought up is if it is worth the effort to be a vegan. It is known to some that many vegans lack vitamins and that it does not cure all diseases. There are many sacrifices individuals make in order to transition to vegansim, but many who are following this particular lifestyle believe that it is well worth it. There are also many things that a person must to do before going vegan, which includes becoming educated. Although it takes a lot of effort, individuals are starting to see how beneficial it is to make the change.
One of the reasons many people decide to transition to this lifestyle is for health reasons. In the article, “Investigation of Lifestyle Choices of Individuals Following a Vegan Diet for Health and Ethical Reasons”, Cynthia Radnitz expresses that vegans have a lower BMI compared to non-vegans. In addition, “Vegans are found to have lower cholesterol, blood pressure as well as a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.” If vegans continue to follow this lifestyle, they also reduce their risk of death by 15%. A lot of the illnesses mentioned previously have been caused by poor diets, usually consisting of large amounts of salt, sugar and fat. Vegans tend to not have these illnesses because they do not consume animal products, which have large amounts of cholesterol.
(Cow cuddling with person who rescued him from slaughterhouse, i.imgur.com)
Many supporters of veganism also have made the change because they are aware of how much the meat and dairy industry affects the environment. According to The Vegan Society, “A plant based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. Avoiding animal products is one way to help the environment, as well as the animals. There is a scarcity of water and almost one fifth of the world is not fortunate enough to have access to drinking water. One of the components that are responsible for 80-90% of water consumption in the United States is the meat and dairy industry. In order to sustain these animals for slaughter, farmers must provide them with the necessary food ands water needed to grow. For example, it takes 14-16 months for a cow to be ready for slaughter. Within those months, the farmer must provide a large amount of water and land for the cow to grow at a faster rate. In addition, “Livestock is responsible for 65% of all emission of nitrous oxide- a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive the CO2 which stays in the air for 150 years.” Many would say that livestock is the main component that obstructs the environmental flow according to Your Daily Vegan.
All in all, people who choose to make the switch to veganism know about how beneficial this diet is to one’s health as well as the environmental toll that the meat and dairy industry have. Although vegans do not have many options when it comes to eating out, they are able to acknowledge that it is worth the effort and are willing to make the sacrifices in order to save a creature’s life.