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5 Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions About Nutrition on a Vegan Diet

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Anyone who eats a vegan diet knows there will be several questions coming their way by most anyone they meet who finds out they don’t eat animals. I find it funny that most meat eaters don’t get asked, “Where do you get your chlorophyll?” or “Where do you get your antioxidants from?” Or how about, “Where do you get your soluble and insoluble fiber from?” Wouldn’t those be conversation starters for the dinner table?

Yet plant-based eaters get questioned up and down about their diets, especially when people find out they’re not just vegetarian but actually a full on vegan. Being vegan is one of the most enjoyable and compassionate experiences a person can imagine, but there are most definitely some questions you’ll need to be aware of if you’re considering making the switch to a vegan diet or you’re trying to eat more plant-based foods. Remember to be nice to others when they ask these questions and respond in a positive way that shows how intelligent you are about the benefits of a eating vegan. After all, nobody likes an angry vegan, now do they?

1. Where Do You Get Your Protein?

Let’s start with the most commonly asked question of all that I guarantee every vegan is asked at least once. People can’t fathom that a person is able to obtain plenty of protein without meat, dairy, and eggs. I know- it’s crazy but true. Don’t treat them like they’re insane when they ask, but instead, nod your head like you understand why they’re asking and then share with them that all kinds of tasty foods have protein– even down to vegetables. Tell them you obtain your sources of protein from foods like tempeh, tofu, plant protein powders, nuts, seeds, spirulina, and spinach. Then be sure you share with them all your delicious protein-packed recipes (or some of ours!). See these 10 Healthy High Protein Vegan Snacks and A Dozen Protein-Packed Vegan Meals.

2. Where Do You Get Your Calcium?

Despite calcium being a mineral that comes from the soil (not a cow), most people have a difficult time wrapping their brain around the fact that cow’s milk isn’t the best source of calcium as we were once taught. Instead of getting angry with them, politely tell them that calcium is a mineral and all minerals are found in the ground, not animals. Originally, cows would eat grass and obtain minerals that way, but they are now fed diets high in processed corn and soy to fatten them up, therefore calcium is actually added back in after pasteurization of the milk. This process is no different than the type of calcium added to plant-based milks, so be sure you inform them of how delicious almond, soy, and hemp milk are and that these milks contain more calcium than dairy milk. You might also fill them in on the detrimental effects of drinking cow’s milk and the fact that all leafy greens are loaded with calcium, not to mention foods like chia seeds, spirulina, broccoli, almonds, soy, most beans and legumes, and dried figs.

3. Do You Get Enough Iron?

Iron is also a mineral, so it also comes from the ground like calcium. Most people can accept the mineral issue once you point it out to them but still have a hard time imagining that you can obtain enough iron through plants alone. Be sure you remind them of Popeye in a joking way and how he ate spinach since it is chock-full of iron and protein. That is sure to get a chuckle out them! Then be sure you inform them that not only is spinach rich in iron, but so are foods like spirulina, chia seeds, prunes, raisins, and cacao. Trust me, most people will love when you tell them chocolate is actually good for them!

4. What About Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Since omega 3 fatty acids are all the rage these days, most people turn to fish to get their fill. When you’re asked how you get your omega’s, politely share that flax and chia are chock full of omega 3 fats, as are walnuts and hemp seeds. Plus, they might find it interesting to know that fish obtain their omega 3’s through algae, so it’s much easier to cut straight to the source and skip the mercury found in fish in the process. Algae supplements can be taken which have the recommended amounts of both DHA and EPA found in fish oil and fatty fish. Be sure you inform them of how toxic fish can be to humans and to the environment while you’re at it.

5. What Do You Eat?

Even those who understand you don’t have to eat animals to obtain nutrients will still be curious about what you’re supposed to eat. Don’t expect them to get excited when you tell them how much you love oatmeal, smoothies, salads, veggies, tofu, tempeh, and nuts and seeds either. Though these foods are awesome and ones most vegans enjoy thoroughly, those who are used to eating chicken, steak, and eggs aren’t going to be thrilled about most any of those options. Knowing this ahead of time you might share a recipe with them or invite them over for a meal. Make something especially delicious and let them experience just how delicious being vegan can be.

You could even take them grocery shopping with you and show them all the amazing vegan alternatives to animals products on the market such as nondairy milks and ice creams, vegan butter, vegan cheese, and vegan pizzas. Also be sure you share with them that many of their favorites like PB&J, oatmeal with bananas, and apples with peanut butter are already vegan foods they don’t have to replace. Showing others all the colorful produce they can enjoy is another way to get them excited about starting a vegan diet too.

The truth is, most people question you about being vegan because they’re interested – not because they’re trying annoy you. Fill them in on all the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and the benefits you’ve seen from it. Which one of these questions do you get asked the most?

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With Trump As President, It’s More Important Than Ever To Go Vegan

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For many people in the U.S. — and across the globe — recent political events have left the future looking ominous, indeed. Things seem more uncertain than ever, and there’s no shortage of important issues competing for our attention and concern. But our biggest collective threat (by far) is climate change. If our planet heats to an excessive temperature, there’s no escaping the consequences; even the one percenters won’t have anywhere to go. This is the only earth we have, and Mars is far from ready for colonization.

21 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

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Vegan diets are becoming more and more popular because of their health benefits and sustainability. Turning yourself into a vegan might seem like a daunting task, but you’re probably already eating foods that are vegan without even knowing it. This is a list of foods you didn’t know were vegan (and that you can keep enjoying even after you give up animal products).

Eat more plant proteins to live longer, say Harvard scientists

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Veganism has never been more popular with more than half a million Brits now choosing to avoid food derived from animals. If you’re one of the people who’s new to the lifestyle, knowing what to eat on a daily basis while keeping your body healthy can be an absolute minefield.  As part of their latest report the team at Viva! Health have created a handy infographic suggesting what you should eat each day to help.

Starting A Vegan Diet: 6 Mistakes To Avoid

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Every once in a while I come across a headline that screams ‘How my vegan diet almost killed me and my entire family’. I don’t even waste my time to read one of these stories any more, but as long as we don’t make an effort to better educate people, we are doomed to keep seeing these every once in a while.

 

 

‘GOING VEGAN’ NOT NECESSARILY MEANS ‘GOING HEALTHY’.

I notice that a huge part of the population, be it vegan or not has very little knowledge on how the human body functions, let alone the type and amount of nutrients it needs to stay healthy and carry out the activities we engage in every day. I am not an expert either, but I do try to follow certain principles, which I have learned, to apply them, and then observe in order to better understand my body and its reactions to various foods and activities.

Since most of us have spent a large part of our lifetime consuming animal products, it is crucial that we understand, one has to to make the transition in a smart, educated manner. This involves not only gaining some understanding on nutrition, but also adapting their habits in a way that this new lifestyle does not become a psychological strain, or a financial burden.

SUCH OUTCOMES ARE NOT UNLIKELY IF WE FALL INTO THE TRAP OF MAKING ONE OR MORE OF THESE 7 MISTAKES

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1. GOING COLD TURKEY

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This first one may surprise you, as you may have heard me say many times that I quit meat overnight. Yes, indeed I did, but I did not become vegan overnight. Going all the way from meat eater to 100% plant-based may not be your thing and this is OK. As long as you have set your mind to it, don’t judge yourself too strictly. Remember, what counts is to make the transition and stick to it, rather than make a huge leap forward, then you face situations you were not prepared for, slowly start withdrawing, and then give up.

Do it at your own pace, especially if you have certain foods you know you will be craving. For example, it is scientifically proven that cheese and meat contain substances that act as addictive drugs in the body. Therefore, don’t blame yourself if you feel like you can’t go a day without them. I recommend that you completely cut out meat for a few months. Then find all the vegan substitutes for foods you love most. Make sure you are comfortable finding the products, preparing, and/or buying them. This feels so much easier psychologically, as you will avoid the uneasiness of not knowing what to eat after you make the decision to go 100% vegan.

2. LOADING UP ON STARCHY CARBOHYDRATES

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Giving up meats can make it very easy for you to add an additional helping of carbohydrates onto your plate. When I initially gave up meat, I lost a huge amount of weight, but about a year later, I did fall into the trap of upping my carb intake, so please let the 5lbs I gained in doing so be a warning to you — put the bag of chips down. I should also say that carbohydrates are not the enemy. Just don’t overdo them, especially the processed kinds such as flour, rice, pasta, cereal, etc. Meat is filling, so you would be inclined to look for something similar to fill that void. But that over-satisfied and stuffed feeling you may be used to experiencing at the dinner table isn’t natural. We only think it is because that’s how we’ve been eating for so long. Food is our fuel. It’s supposed to energize us, not debilitate us. Keep your typical serving size of healthy carbohydrates (beans, legumes, etc) and double your green veggies.

3. NOT PROPERLY REPLACING PROTEINS

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Many people do feel lethargic and/or moody after making the transition to a plant-based diet. It’s not because of the lack of meat, it’s the lack of proteins and minerals you may not be getting enough of. Gosh, I know a guy who lives solely on french fries and pasta. So what’s the fix? An absorbent amount of greens of course. A good helping of dark, leafy green veggies pack everything your body is missing and then some — protein, iron, calcium and essential minerals you can’t get from meat and vitamins A, C, K, potassium, fiber, etc. Broccoli contains more protein per calorie than steak and spinach runs neck and neck with chicken and fish. Another great source of hearty greens come from the ocean in seaweed. Although greens are essential, so are your healthy carbohydrates such as quinoa, beans and legumes. If you are expending a lot of energy in the form of training or other strenuous activities, I recommend you combine brown rice with lentils, peas, beans, or chickpeas – it is extremely filling, and ensures you are getting all the protein you need. If your body is well-fed with these key foods and an assortment of fruits and veggies that span the color of the rainbow, your body will feel better than it ever did while eating meat.

4. ONLY SHOPPING AT WHOLE FOODS

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The age-old myth that eating healthy costs a fortune I’m sure comes from someone who’s only frame of reference is Whole Foods. There are so many other options such as local farmers markets, small farms and local co-ops. Even stores such as Trader Joe’s or Target provide more variety. I admit, it’s going to require more work on your end, such as finding out which store sells the organic tahini or which farm in your area will let you pick strawberries for a fraction of the store price. But this is an adventure, remember? You’ll be surprised how much you save by cutting out meat and dairy. Although stores like Whole Foods will have more options when it comes to meat substitutes and such, opt to learn more about the fruits and veggies that are grown locally and in-season where you live. If you want to ball out in Whole Foods, by all means make it rain. But it doesn’t hurt to support your local economy and reduce your carbon footprint on your road to cleaner eating.

5. NOT READING THE INGREDIENTS

I sometimes have to read this portion of the packaging twice just to make sure my eyes didn’t glaze over any essential no-nos. Although something might be advertised as plant-based or as a “meat alternative,” it might still have traces of dairy and/or eggs. If it is certified vegan (bearing a little “V” on its packaging) you’re in the clear. Otherwise, check out all the ways companies choose to hide details in their ingredients.

6. NOT PLANNING AHEAD WHEN EATING OUT

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If you weren’t a planner before, as a vegan you most certainly will be. Don’t expect to go to a restaurant and have the ease and convenience of picking anything off the menu like you’ve done in the past. For most traditional restaurants, your options will be slim to nonexistent. And if you let it, it can be quite depressing. That’s why I make it a practice to plan ahead. If I’m going to a restaurant with friends, I might peruse the menu online before getting there. Or if I have any say so, I’ll make sure to pick a restaurant where I’m not just eating a side of broccoli and french fries. Luckily, a lot of places are catching up with the times and offering a larger assortment of vegetarian and vegan options. And most places do want to accommodate you. If you ask them to hold the cheese or replace the caesar dressing with balsamic vinegar, they surely will. Another cheat for me is to bring my own snacks — “I got mung beans in my bag. Swag.” Never arrive famished and drink plenty of water (everyone should do this anyways). Be sure to check out Happy Cow for your next vegan rendezvous.

7. MISSING MEAT

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This is the biggest mistake you can make. Have you seen all the alternatives? We live in a prime age for plant-based living. There’s vegan pizza, hot wings, burgers, tacos, cookies, cakes, all your favorite comfort foods rolled into one. And that’s not even covering half of it. Shoot, I made vegan mozzarella sticks!

Transitioning in any aspect of our lives can be difficult, but don’t let the challenge intimidate you. Enjoy the process and the obscene amount of benefits eating cleaner can give to you. Trust me, you got this.

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10 Vegan Foods With More Calcium Than a Cup of Milk

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Each glass of cow’s milk comes with an unimaginable amount of animal suffering. So ditch the dairy and include these calcium-rich plant-based foods in your diet:

12 Hollywood Stars Who Are Hardcore Vegans

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I remember watching a popular television talk show where the host had a slew of top-level Hollywood stars on as guests. These were real A-lister types, extremely well-known superstars. Anyway, the host of the show brought on pizza for them to eat, as kind of a funny gag. What happened next amazed me. The actors were suddenly extremely reluctant to eat the pizza, but they didn’t want to seem “too good” for pizza on live TV, so they were caught in a kind of dilemma. One extremely well-known actor decided to manually scrape off the cheese before eating his slice. Others simply refused to eat it altogether. After seeing this I started to wonder, are these real people, or are they robots? Do they even require sustenance?

The truth is that actors take their diets extremely seriously, and for good reason. Their health is very important to them, because their body is their career. If they start to look old too quickly, they lose out on many potential roles. The entertainment industry is incredibly harsh, and expects all people on the big screen to look like picture-perfect super humans. So these actors who were presented with a pizza on the talk show were not being snobbish, they simply cared about their health.

As it turns out, many actors have made the choice to become Vegan for this very reason- they are trying to take care of their bodies. Many studies suggest that this type of diet can reduce the risk of cancer and a huge variety of other illnesses, as well as actually prolonging one’s lifespan. So is it any wonder why so many actors are Vegan?

1. Miley Cyrus
Inspired to go vegan by the loss of her blowfish, pop star Miley Cyrus discussed her compassionate lifestyle on Jimmy Fallon and posted about it on Instagram.
2. Moby
For 30 years, music icon Moby has promoted veganism and animal rights. He is also an incredible supporter of Mercy For Animals and the recipient of our 2014 Compassionate Leadership Award.
3. Tony Kanal
Truly a die-hard animal rights activist and MFA supporter, the famed No Doubt bassist was one of the faces of MFA’s “no ag-gag” campaign.
4. Alicia Silverstone
The Clueless actress now runs a vegan blog and even wrote a plant-based cookbook! When she’s not busy working, she’s running around after her five-year-old son. So where does the 39-year-old mom get all of this stamina? Plants, of course!
5. Emily Deschanel
Famous for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones, Emily Deschanel has been vegan for more than 20 years and was the recipient of MFA’s Compassionate Leadership Award in 2012!
6. Mýa
Mýa, a dedicated vegan advocate and attendee of our 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala, speaks out about her passion for animal rights and the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
7. Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix, another passionate MFA supporter, narrated our 2014 undercover investigation at a Walmart pork supplier. He is also spotlighted in our summer 2016 edition of Compassionate Living magazine.
8. Kat Von D
Celebrated tattoo artist, entrepreneur, and TV star Kat Von D is a devoted vegan and MFA supporter. She presented our Compassionate Courage Award to Kevin Lahey, a former MFA undercover investigator, at our 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala.
9. Daisy Fuentes
Daisy, featured in a recent edition of Compassionate Living magazine, uses her voice to help animals and hosted MFA’s 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala.
10. Erykah Badu
Award-winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu has been vegan for more than 20 years. “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form,” she declares.
11. Jared Leto
When asked by Rolling Stone how he stayed looking and feeling so vibrant, 44-year-old Jared Leto replied, “Twenty solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself.”
12. Jessica Chastain
Famous for her roles in action-packed movies, this 39-year-old bombshell gets all of that energy from plants! In an interview she said, “I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”
By going vegan, these celebs are protecting animals, the planet, and their health. Join them by switching to a compassionate plant-based diet.

Athletes increasingly turn to vegan diets

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“I don’t want to be vegan,” David Carter once said to his wife. “That’s for weaklings.” At the time, Carter was an NFL defensive end, weighing in at more than 300 pounds. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was raised on barbecue at his family’s restaurant and felt that meat was his source of strength, so there was no way he’d ever adopt his wife’s vegan diet.That is, until he started to experience health problems that affected his career, which ended in 2015. “I had been big and strong,” Carter says. “But … I was taking medication for high blood pressure and suffering from nerve damage,” and as a result, he had a hard time doing bench presses and pushups.

On Feb. 14, 2014, his attitude suddenly changed: “I was drinking a milkshake and watching (animal rights documentary) ‘Forks Over Knives.’ And I just thought to myself, ‘That’s it, I’m done.’ I got up, threw out the milkshake and went vegan.”

For many athletes who have switched to a vegan lifestyle, the change was prompted by reasons similar to Carter’s.

Poor health plagued Rich Roll before he adopted a plant-based diet and began a career as a world-class ultramarathoner in his 40s. And tennis star Venus Williams famously chose a raw vegan regimen five years ago after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune-system disorder that caused her joint pain, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Along with these stories comes a common query from incredulous nonvegans: “How do you get enough protein?”

“It’s always the first question,” says Torre Washington, a bodybuilder who has been following a vegan diet for 18 years, laughing. “But you really don’t need protein to get shredded and lean. I’m looking for nutrients and focused on variety.”

Indeed, vegan athletes including Washington and 10-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis – who has said that athletes have “the worst diets in the world and compete in spite of it” – tend to agree that athletes should put an emphasis on increased calories when in training, as opposed to more protein.

“I’ve never met a patient who has had a protein deficiency,” said sports dietitian Susan Levin, who is also a vegan and recreational runner. “It’s really a nonissue.”

Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian, agrees that “we tend to overemphasize the amount of protein that we need,” but says a plant-based diet of vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes may not be enough for many athletes. Williams, for instance, calls herself a “cheagan” because she occasionally cheats by indulging in cheese, yogurt or even fish.

“Plants play a primary role,” Koff says, “but … all of our digestive systems and our bodies work differently. I like to say that you are not what you eat; you are what you digest and absorb.”

That means she might build organic pasteurized eggs into an athlete’s diet because it’s a highly absorbable protein, but not, say, cheese.

Susan Levin is head of nutrition education for the nonprofit Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine, which promotes nonmeat and nondairy nutrition. She cites the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans as an appropriate starting point. It recommends that about 10 percent of total daily calories be protein, meaning roughly 200 calories in an ideal diet.

“Protein is actually a fairly small percentage of what goes into a healthy diet,” Levin says. “The emphasis really is on having a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods throughout the day, and, because protein is found in varying amounts in plants, legumes, grains and nuts, it’s pretty easy to get to the recommended amount. Most athletes don’t need a different diet, they just need more calories.”

When Carter, who is 28, was in intense physical training, he was consuming 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day and looking to get about 300 grams of protein. “You’ve got to be focused to get that many calories in a day,” Carter says.

Once he made the switch to a vegan diet, he realized that all the beans, grains, fruit and vegetables he was eating were helping him be big and strong, bench-pressing 465 pounds on a diet of bananas, lentils and cashew cheese.

“The biggest and strongest animals on the planet – elephants, gorillas, rhinos – are herbivores,” Carter says.

James Loomis, medical director of the PCRM’s Barnard Medical Center in Washington, admits packing on calories with a vegan diet is still not easy for athletes.

“Some people struggle with it,” he says. “Try eating 1,000 calories of quinoa or blueberries.”

Koff says, “The quality of what you put into your body is really critical for athletes – you want to get the most bang for every bite.”

Loomis, who served as team internist for football’s St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams and baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals before he got interested in plant-based medicine, saw professional athletes develop serious health problems at an early age by focusing only on eating a lot of calories.

“I call it ‘bro science,’ ” he says. “They’re thinking about getting big and strong without thinking about the long-term impact. But if we help develop healthy habits in younger athletes, it helps them in post-career.”

Inflammation caused by dietary choices, which can lead to a host of chronic diseases, is a common concern for Loomis, Levin and Koff, even if they don’t agree on the need for a completely vegan diet. Eating meat and animal products, Koff says, has been associated with inflammation, “so it’s all the more reason to have a lot of plants in the diet to balance (that) out.”

Matt Frazier, 35, an ultramarathoner and author of “No Meat Athlete,” used a gradual transition from omnivore to vegan for his own diet.

“I spent a whole year without eating four-legged animals before I took the next step and cut the two-legged animals out of my diet, and then spent a month there before I stopped eating fish,” he says. At that point, Frazier found that his speed and endurance were increasing, leading him to shave 10 minutes off his marathon time to ultimately qualify for the Boston Marathon. Over the next two years, he gradually cut out eggs and dairy.

“I think short-term challenges are a great way to dive in and see what it’s like,” Frazier says. “Try a 10-day vegetarian or vegan challenge, and if it goes well, make it 30 days. Having that finish line at the end keeps you from having to deal with those ‘I can never eat a cheeseburger again?’ thoughts that aren’t helpful at all when you’re trying to transition.”

The feared loss of indulgent food is a topic that seems to come up often among both vegan athletes and curious omnivores.

“I like to make junk food that’s not really junk food,” Carter says. “My favorite is nachos with couscous, beans and cashew-cheese queso. I’ve converted so many athletes with that cashew cheese – they eat it and say, ‘Man, that tastes just like real cheese, bro!’ ”

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7 Celebrities Who Might Inspire You to Go Vegan

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A few months ago, Beyonce teased that she’d be making a HUGE announcement on “Good Morning America.” The Beyhive was buzzing, overcome with fervor, anticipation, and speculation. Is she dropping a new album? Announcing a world tour? A bun in the oven? She just wanted us to know that she went vegan—and that’s her secret to looking the way she does. Anti-climactic, for sure. The backlash ensued. But no doubt, she served as inspiration for what a healthy plant-based diet can do. And guess what? Beyonce is not the lone pioneer of celebrity veganism (although she is No. 1 on our list cause she’s No. 1 on everything). Here are six other animal-loving stars who embody vegan #goals.

11 Things Every Vegan Wants You to Know: the Good, the Bad, and the Batsh*t Crazy

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The Good
 
1. Vegans live longer than meat eaters.

Study after study has shown that a plant-based diet is beneficial to your health. Meat is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization reported that processed meats are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes. Additionally, the Mayo Clinic recently reported that switching to a plant-based diet could add up to four years to your life. What would you do with four more years?

2. Vegan food is incredibly delicious.
From lentil burgers to seitan steaks, vegan food is the bomb! When you go vegan, an entire new world of culinary delights opens up. Check back here frequently for recipes and ideas.
3. The future is vegan!
Not vegan yet? The good news is it’s never too late. In fact, vegans are on the rise, with 12 percent of millennials leading the charge!
The Bad
4. Animal feed could be feeding people in poverty.
There are nearly a billion starving people on the planet. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef. Think about all of the people who could use that grain.
5. Animal agriculture is destroying our planet.
True story. The meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined!
6. Factory farms are seriously filthy.
A recent Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a Tyson Foods chicken farm showed deplorable conditions. From puddles of chicken waste to rotting animal carcasses, factory farms are truly disgusting.
The Batsh*t Crazy
7. Some farmed animals literally can’t move.
Many animals on factory farms live in spaces so small they can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, or stretch their limbs. This is cruel and unacceptable.
8. Newborn animals are stolen from their mothers.
The dairy industry rips baby calves away from their mothers when they’re only a day old. Could you imagine anything crueler?
9. Baby chicks are ground up alive.

Because male chicks will never lay eggs, they are considered useless to the egg industry and are killed almost immediately after hatching.
10. A standard farm practice known as “thumping” will make you sick.

Piglets who are too sick or not growing fast enough are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors. This is considered an acceptable form of “euthanasia” by the industry and is 100 percent legal.
11. Farmed animals are mutilated every day.

Dehorning, tail docking, debeaking, and castration are all forms of mutilation performed daily on factory farms. These cruel acts are carried out without the use of anesthesia. Because of the filthy conditions, they often result in infection.

Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more about transitioning to a healthy, delicious, and humane vegan diet.

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