Why you should go vegan

Many individuals practice a Vegan diet because they do not support the slaughtering of animals at the cost of humans.

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Many individuals practice a Vegan diet because they do not support the slaughtering of animals at the cost of humans.

Jamie Adams, Staff Writer

Many people have sought to eliminate foods in which animals lives are taken for humans to consume. Whether it be to protect animals, increase nutrition and health, or recommended by a professional, all seem to experience a better quality of life. While each person has their own understandings for going vegan, there are health reasons that support why all humans could benefit from this.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Vegans and vegetarians are up to one third less likely to die of heart diseases.” Many meats are processed, and in these processed foods there are carcinogens which are toxic to the body. These carcinogens can increase your chances for getting cancer.

Many studies conducted by experts have found that consuming animal meat promotes all different forms of cancers. A study in England showed that vegetarians were less likely to develop cancer as opposed to those who eat meat. Meat also contains heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which according to the World Health Organization significantly increases your risk for cancer.

Aside from science and health reasons, many choose to go vegan on their own, because of how it makes them feel. According to registered dietitian Eliza Zied, “A plant based diet is lighter than a diet that includes meat, making you feel less sluggish.”

Another benefit people notice when cutting out meats is that it is easier to maintain a healthy weight and diet. Many meats are high in fat, which then impacts your body in negative ways such as high cholesterol and a higher risk for diabetes.

In addition to health benefits, becoming vegan can also play a role in disease prevention. The phyto chemicals found in fruits and vegetables are believed to provide anti cancer and antioxidant protection according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They also stated that, “Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease and functional declines related to aging.” These studies all support a common theme of increased health and nutrition with a vegan diet.

Hannah Johnstone, a senior of Decatur, recently made the choice to switch to a vegan diet. She has been on this new diet for around three months and has already experienced the positive changes that come with it. She states, “I have felt more energetic and I feel like I am doing my part to help out the environment. Issues with animal cruelty really sparked my interest in going vegan as well as all the added health benefits.”

Whether a person decides to go vegan because of health reasons, recommended by a doctor, or just to help save animals we can see that they will experience benefits to their life. With more people each day going vegan the demand for meat will decrease which would lead to less animals losing their lives at the cost of humans.