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Why eat vegan?
Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines.

Vegan or not, a diet high in fruit and veg, and plant-based food is a good starting point for a healthy lifestyle. The answer depends as much on what you eat as with any other diet. … Finally, a vegan diet is generally thought to contain more cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds than a non-vegan diet.

What are the bad things about eating meat?

By now, you’ve probably heard that eating meat is bad for you. The World Health Organization made headlines last year when it declared processed meat a “carcinogen” that increases your risk of colon or rectum cancer by 18 percent. … Here are eight reasons eating meat is bad for you. Feb 15, 2016

Beyond Meat develops and manufactures a variety of plant protein-based food products. The vegetarian meat substitutes are made from mixtures pea protein isolates, yeast, and other ingredients.

8 Reasons Meat Is Bad For You (Yes, Even Chicken)

1. It Signifigantly Increases Your Risk Of Cancer

2. It Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease And Diabetes

2. It Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease And Diabetes

This is the reason Bill Clinton went vegan. Meat, dairy products, and eggs all contain cholesterol and saturated fat and contribute to America’s top killers: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Decades of scientific study have linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease — our country’s number-one cause of death, killing nearly 2,200 Americans daily. Saturated fat is present in all meat and fish, even chicken and turkey cooked without the skin.

Additionally, according to a study published by the American Diabetes Association, people who eat high amounts of animal protein are 22 percent more likely to develop diabetes. Saturated fat has even been linked to breast cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline. Fortunately, there are many plant-based protein sources that are low in saturated fat and won’t send your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels through the roof.

3. Eating Meat Makes It Harder To Maintain A Healthy Body Weight

Of course, you get to define what “a healthy body weight” means for you, and I’m not saying you should go vegetarian or vegan just to stay slim. That said, if you are looking to maintain a lower BMI for your health, it is worth knowing that meat-eaters are three times more likely to be obese than vegetarians, and nine times more likely than vegans. On average, vegans are 10 to 20 pounds lighter than adult meat-eaters. Vegetarian diets are also associated with higher metabolic rates (around 16 percent faster for vegans compared with meat-eaters).

4. Meat Carries The Highest Risk Of Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 70 percent of food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh. Foodborne diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Eating meat puts you at a greater risk for food poisoning because animal products are often tainted with fecal contamination during slaughter or processing. Fecal contamination in chicken, especially, is a major problem. According to a Consumer Reports study, 97 percent of raw chicken in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria that could make customers sick. So if you eliminate animal products from your diet, you’ll also be eliminating your exposure to the most common carrier of these bacteria.

5. It Might Contribute To Erectile Dysfunction In Men

Mic. the Vegan on YouTube

Meat, eggs, and dairy products slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs — and not just the heart. Originally, it was thought that impotence was caused only by anxiety, but according to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, up to 90 percent of all cases of impotence are actually physical as opposed to psychological, meaning the high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer or inflammations, and hormonal imbalances that eating meat causes might also contribute to impotence.

A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also suggests that men who couple regular exercise with a diet rich in flavonoids, which are found in fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and apples, may reduce their risk of developing Erectile Dysfunction by over 20 percent. Numerous physicians and nutritionists agree that the best way to prevent artery blockage as well as multiple other conditions that cause impotence is to eat a diet high in fiber, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Of course, you can still eat these foods if you eat meat, but you’re going to have fewer servings over time, and more health risks added into the mix.

6. Most Meat Has Hormones In It

The Vegan Activist on YouTube

To make cows grow at an unnaturally fast rate, the cattle industry feeds them pellets full of hormones. While low levels of naturally-occurring hormones are found in various foods, many scientists are concerned that the artificial hormones injected into cows especially cause health problems in people who eat them. And while organic or hormone-free meat might be a better option, you’re also not eliminating your chances of ingesting the naturally-occurring sex hormones present in the animals when they were killed. The sex hormones progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are all naturally occurring in animals, whether they’ve been given artificial hormones or not — so when you eat those animals, you’re also eating hormones.

7. It May Make You Resistant To Antibiotics

Factory farms are breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “supergerms.” On farms across America, the antibiotics that we depend on to treat human illnesses are now used to promote growth in animals and to keep them alive in horrific living conditions that would otherwise kill them. Countless new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have developed as a result.

Roughly 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States each year are given to animals that are used for food, meaning if you eat meat, you run a greater risk of making yourself antibiotic-resistant. Vancomycin, a drug that is known as a “last defense” in fighting the deadly blood infections and pneumonia caused by staphylococcus bacteria, is becoming obsolete because resistant strains have developed in farmed animals who are given the medicine as a growth stimulant.

8. It Increases Your Risk Of Death

In large part because of all the health risks mentioned above, meat eaters just don’t live as long as vegetarians and vegans. According to a study of over 70,000 people published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, vegetarians were 12 percent less likely to have died during a six-year followup period than their meat-eating peers. Vegetarian men live to an average of 83.3 years, compared with non-vegetarian men, who live to an average of 73.8 years. Vegetarian women live to an average of 85.7 years, which is 6.1 years longer than non-vegetarian women, according to the Adventist Health Study-2. If you’d like to go the distance, looks like cutting out animals is one of the simplest things you can do.

The bottom line? One of the best things you can do for your health is to either eat less meat, or cut it out altogether. Instead of contributing to the destruction of your body, the environment, and animals’ lives, you’ll be on the side of health, sustainability, and respect for all living beings.

Forks Over Knives on YouTube

Images: Pexels; Cancer Research UKThe Science of NutritionVegan KitchenPhysicians CommitteeConsumer ReportsThe Truth About Agriculture

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