For the sake of simplicity, I call myself a vegan as an easy way to explain my dietary preferences. However, the true definition of a vegan is someone who does not eat or use animal products of any kind – including clothing, etc. – and animal welfare is often the primary motivation for their lifestyle choice. While I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals, I follow what’s more accurately called a plant-based diet for the associated health benefits. I feel better when I avoid animal products – but I would never suggest going completely meatless is the right choice for everyone. However, I do firmly believe reducing the amount of meat in one’s diet IS the right choice.
So, regardless of your dietary preferences, here are 5 good reasons why EVERYONE should eat more veggies and less meat:
1. Eat more veggies for your body
Numerous studies show that a plant-based diet can decrease the risk or reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
2. Eat more veggies for your mind
On average, folks who follow a plant-based diet are more likely to be happy.
3. Eat more veggies for the earth
A plant-based diet requires less energy, land and water resources compared to a meat-based diet.
4. Eat more veggies for animal welfare
Profit and demand take precedence over animal welfare on factory farms.
5. Eat more veggies for your wallet
A whole foods plant-based diet can be less expensive than a meat-based diet.
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