REASONS TO GO VEGAN
"The most dangerous phrase in our language is - We’ve always done it this way." Grace Hopper
Veganism is steadily becoming the most popular diet around the world. At its heart, it excludes all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty. By not using animal products, you - by definition - don’t contribute to suffering. There’s a lot to be said for veganism. The conscious eater would no longer be confused about what we can or cannot eat. If you care about what you put in your mouth, it is probably the most black and white way to approach veganism.
If you’ve been considering taking steps towards a more compassionate life, now is a perfect time. We enjoy soft, melty cheese on our pizzas, juicy burgers, decadent desserts and multi-course Michelin-starred restaurants – all without compromising on ethics. Need another little nudge to get you moving in the right direction? We're here to help.
For Your Health
Many reports about veganism and plant-based diets have been documented in the last few decades. Vegans have lower risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type-2 diabetes than meat-eaters. Vegans’ blood cholesterol levels are typically 35% lower than those of omnivores. Whole, plant-based foods help achieve optimal health compared to animal products, which are the only sources of dietary cholesterol, plant-based diets are naturally heart-healthy.
What about protein
One of the biggest concerns of people making the transition to a vegan lifestyle is whether or not their daily protein intake requirements are met. Contrary to popular belief, protein is actually present in most plant-based foods, and they have a further range of health benefits that you might not even be considering. Think whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. 1.5 cups of black beans has 22.5 grams of protein, even more than 3 oz of ground beef, which has 22 grams. Black beans easily take the crown in the "which has the most protein" face-off for easiest on the body, for easiest to prepare and eat, for easiest on the Earth and providing more nutritional benefits than a beef patty. A mere 1.5 cups of lentils contains as much protein 3 oz of chicken breast--not only that--lentils also contain the dietary fiber that you can't get in meat. Plant-based alternatives easily provide you with the same amount of, if not more protein than your meat counterparts. Further, many plant-based foods are easily accessible at your local grocery store or farmers’ market, not to mention that they are also easier on your wallet.
By forgoing animal protein, you won’t need to worry about calcium loss attributable to high-protein diets. Weight conscious people will be glad to learn that vegetarians have a lower body-mass index (BMI) than omnivores, and a common experience reported among people transitioning to a plant-based diet or veganism is that they very fast, and very easily, shed a few pounds, have more energy and stamina, and feel better having made the leap from meaty to meat-free. Best of all, vegans, on average, live 6 to 10 years longer than meat-eaters!
For the Environment
The Amazon Rainforest is often called the “Lungs of the Planet”. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction since 1970, as reported by The World Bank. A 2018 Oxford University study found that the meat and dairy industry are responsible for 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions and even if people did nothing else but removed animal products from their diets, they'd reduce their carbon footprint by a whopping 73%! We’re in the midst of a terrible ecological devastation. Carbon offsetting is imperative among today’s eco-friendly state, and by going vegan, you’re making a difference! By merely eliminating meat and dairy from your diet, you’re already doing more for the environment than if you were to exchange your gas-guzzling car for an electric one.
When the United Nations released its 2007 environmental report, many were shocked to learn that industrialized animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse-gas pollution than all of the world’s automobile emissions combined. Raising animals for food takes up 45% of the Earth’s total land. 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second, causing habitat loss and species extinction. Livestock production also accounts for over 8% of global water use and is the number one cause of water pollution worldwide. When you consider that 64% of the world is expected to feel the stress of water shortages by 2025, going vegan just makes sense.
As countries around the world continue to industrialize and develop, the demand for meat increases. Sadly, 70% of what was once the Amazon rainforest is now used for grazing animals, and with each tree that disappears, the earth’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air diminishes, placing a higher environmental toll on our already-burdened planet. A study by Beyond Meat and the University of Michigan showed that the average American--who eats about 3 burgers per week--could save the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by 12 million cars just by simply swapping a meal a week to a plant-based one.
Plant-based “meat” production use up to 99% less water and 95% less land, and generates up to 90% fewer emissions than regular beef burgers, whilst consuming nearly half the energy. A close examination of the big environmental picture and the role that animal agriculture plays in global warming will have you swapping that cheeseburger for a vegan one in no time.
Fact: It takes 27 times more petroleum to produce a hamburger than it does a veggie burger
For The Animals