Although veganism has become a highly controversial topic due to modern vegans attempting to project their beliefs onto others, there are many benefits to the environment and personal health with this diet change.
The meat and dairy industry accounts for 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions. Studies show that stopping the production of meat and dairy would “pause” the growth of greenhouse gasses for 30 years. In addition, the beef industry is the number one leading cause for deforestation; and, with the constantly increasing demand for beef, the rate of deforestation will continue to increase. Overall, the vegan lifestyle would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower deforestation, helping to slow climate change and ultimately secure the global food supply.
In addition to the positive effects on the environment, veganism also has health benefits when done correctly. Choosing to go vegan may have some setbacks, including not receiving enough vitamins or protein, however with our current technology and inclusiveness — especially in California — finding nutritious vegan meals proves increasingly easy. Vegan diets hold many benefits, one being the possibility for weight loss. This is due to the high concentration of fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds that are found more commonly in a plant based diet. Weight loss can also be a result of lowered cholesterol levels from eating less meat. Red meat in particular contains high levels of cholesterol, increasing the likelihood of disease or stroke, and ultimately encouraging weight gain. Veganism can also lower the risk of certain cancers such as colon cancer due to the highly fibrous diet.
Overall, the benefits of veganism are clear and numerous. Regardless of your preference around veganism, I highly recommend eating vegan at least once a week and looking into ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet.