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There are SO many benefits to eating plant based. Here are 53 of our favorite reasons to eat plant-based. Can you think of more? Please let us know in the comments!
Plant-based for health
- Decrease risk or reverse type 2 diabetes.
- Decrease risk or reverse heart disease.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Decrease risk of certain types of cancer (breast, prostate, lung, colon).
- Minimize autoimmune symptoms and disorders like Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis.
- Minimize symptoms associated with arthritis.
- Optimize digestive health.
- Get strong bones.
- Decrease risk of Alzheimer's.
- Improve recovery time for endurance sports.
- Enhance workouts.
- Improve focus, memory and cognition.
- Improve sleep.
- Increase vitality.
- Lose weight.
- Get glowing skin.
- Fight depression and anxiety.
- Improve eye health.
- Boost your mood.
photo credit: Nutrition Facts dot org
Plant-based for the environment
- Conserve water when you eat more plants.
- Lessen water pollution. Read more about ocean dead zones.
- Lessen carbon footprint. Read about UCLA's position on diet's effect on carbon footprint here.
- Decrease methane gases. Cow farts are a real thing. See how they're harming the environment.
- Improve drinking water by minimizing animal agriculture's effect on water systems.
- Save the rainforests. Rainforests are being destroyed so that more land is available for animal agriculture.
- Reduce amount of antibiotics being used.
- Help to save species from extinction (ie, orangutans, elephants, tigers and more). Read how eating meat is spreading worldwide species extinction.
Plant-based for the animals
- Animals, including fish, are sentient beings — they feel, reason and form emotional connections just like us.
- 99% of the meat and poultry found in grocery stores come from factory farms. Visit Farm Sanctuary's website to learn more about factory farms.
- You don't get milk without mama cow having a baby cow (over and over and over again). Here's how that works.
- There's no such thing as "humane" meat. Read this interesting perspective on "humane" meat from a former beef farmer.
- Laying thousands of eggs is not normal for a chicken. Read more about the normal egg laying in chickens (hint: chickens should only lay 12 -20 eggs per year).
- Cage free, hormone free doesn't mean cruelty free. Learn more about the egg industry claims.
Pictured: Ingrid from Full Circle Farm Sanctuary
Plant-based for health (again)
- Avoid hormones found in meat and dairy.
- Avoid nitrosamines (cancer causing substances) produced when cooking meat.
- Avoid heme (animal-based) iron (associated with cancer).
- Avoid antibiotics found in meat and dairy.
- Avoid disease-causing saturated and trans fats found in animal products.
- Avoid nasty bacteria found in animal products.
- Meat contains no fiber (the average American gets only 15 grams of fiber while the recommended amount is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men) while plants contain a TON of fiber.
- Meat doesn't contain antioxidants or phytonutrients (flavonoids, lycopene, etc) that help to fight diseases listed above.
Plant-based for people
- Help to feed the 7.6 billion people. Read how eating plant-based helps to feed the hungry on One Green Planet.
- Support less violence — factory farm workers have the highest rate of suicide in the country. Sad.
- Support health of factory farm workers (lung disease, injury, depression).
- Support the health of the community who lives around the factory farms. Read more.
Plant-based for fun
- Save money (yes, it's true that purchasing plant based whole foods is less expensive than purchasing food for meat-centric diets).
- Fruit and vegetables look much prettier on your counter as decoration compared to a slab of meat.
- Plant-based cookbooks are pretty stunning and make for great table-top books.
- You're much more likely to win an argument about why you eat plant-based (for your health, environment or for animals) than why you eat meat.
- Eating plant-based makes you unique! Only 6% of the population currently considers themselves as vegan. It's growing, but you could be a pioneer and jump on the bandwagon now!
- By being a leader and advocate of plant-based eating you are setting the best example for your kids, family and friends.
- Speaking of kids, your preserving the environment, wildlife and creating a healthier planet for your kids' and grandkids' future.
Photo credit: Natures Healing Strategies
Thinking about going plant-based and need a little guidance? Email us! We'd love to know more and be a part of your plant-based journey.