10 Reasons Why to Eat a Plant-Based Diet
You’ve probably heard all of the different diets out there and thought, what the h*ck should I do and what’s actually the best diet? I promise you will have a clearer mind about a plant-based vegan diet after these 10 compelling reasons.
1. It prevents and can reverse chronic disease
It has been scientifically proven that a plant-based vegan diet prevent illness, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other modern plagues.
2. It cuts your carbon footprint by 50%
Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the exhaust from ALL transportation combined.
3. Too much animal protein is not good
Too much animal protein increases the production of free radicals, which stimulate aging, promote cancer, stimulate the production of oestrogens which is associated with breast cancer. Too much animal protein also changes the microflora in our intestines.
4. It saves water
About 460 gallons of water is needed to produce one quarter pound hamburger. And about dairy, 1000 gallons of water is needed to produce just one gallon of milk. This is unsustainable, inefficient and wastefull.
5. It prevents marine life destruction
Scientists say that we could have fishless oceans by 2048.
6. It stops deforestation
Amazon is providing us with the oxygen we need to survive. Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the Amazon destruction, for growing feed for livestock. One and a half acres can produce 37 000 pounds of plant food but only 375 pounds of meat. The meat eater requires 18 times more land.
7. Easy to Lose Weight
Since a plant-based diet consists a lot of vegetables, legumes, beans, grains and fruit, which have less calories than animal and processed foods – you will lose weight.
8. Good for your health
Eating meat is associated with increased rates of cancer and heart disease. Compelling research has found that eating meat causes bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract to produce a compound that may increase the risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). A huge amount of research say that a plant-based diet lowers your blood pressure. A high blood pressure means that you’re at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
9. Naturally detoxing
Plants contain unique compounds like glucosinolates which support liver detoxification. True internal cleansing and keeping the body functioning optimally comes from eating a diet rich in whole, natural plant-based foods.
10. A healthy OMEGA ratio
Omega-3 is found on fish, nuts and some oils. Omega-6 is found in land animals and polyunsaturated oils. People often have a lot higher omega6. The ratio between Omega-6 & -3 should be between 1-1 and 1-4, today it is 1-25 to 1-30. Instead of increasing the omega-3 (like taking fish capsules), think of decreasing to a balanced ratio instead. By cutting out animal food, you will have a healthier and even ratio of omega-6 & 3.