There are still doubters of a plant-based diet. ‘You don’t get enough protein’ or ‘you don’t get enough vitamin x’ or ‘meat is needed for your muscles’ is what people always tell you when you tell them that you’re vegan. All these assumptions are misguided and based on ignorance, but who can really blame them? We’re taught from an early age on that meat is a necessary component of a healthy diet. And therefor is everyone that doesn’t meat considered as weird or frowned upon.
The best way to deal with doubters is to give them the silent treatment or by giving them the facts. And this time, I’m choosing for the latter option!
Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals
Several researchers argue that a vegetarian diet can feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, approximately 20,000 pounds of potatoes can be grown on one acre of land. Comparatively, only around 165 pounds of beef can be produced on 1 acre of land.
Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium from the digestive tract and incorporate calcium into bones and teeth, but vegans don’t consume much of it in their diet. To compensate, they expose themselves to natural sunlight or a take Vitamin D supplement.
Vegans have substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters, a major study has found.
The study has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal and reignites debate around increasingly popular vegan diets amid conflicting medical advice and evidence over their impact of proponents' health.
Vegans who eat B12 fortified foods or take B12 supplements are no more B12 deficient than omnivores. This disputes claims otherwise.
Vegans who consume at least 525 mg calcium per day have the same bone density and bone fracture rate as omnivores.
Vegans have lower total and LDL cholesterol vegetarians
New research was published in the Nutrition Journal, stating that those that don’t eat any meat are happier and less stressed than those that eat meat. The study took 39 meat eating participants and split them up into 3 groups: Fish/poultry/meat, Just Fish and No “Meat”. The ones who didn’t eat meat felt less stress and were happier than the other 2 groups.
This may sound silly, but water levels are decreasing at a rapid rate, it’s a global crisis since we can’t survive without it. National Geographic reports that:
- The water it takes to produce the average American diet alone—approximately 1,000 gallons per person per day—is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy, and the consumption of material goods.
- That quarter pounder is worth more than 30 average American showers. One of the easiest ways to slim your water footprint is to eat less meat and dairy. Another way is to choose grass-fed, rather than grain-fed, since it can take a lot of water to grow corn and other feed crops.
- A serving of poultry costs about 90 gallons of water to produce. There are also water costs embedded in the transportation of food (gasoline costs water to make). So, consider how far your food has to travel, and buy local to cut your water footprint.
- Pork costs water to produce, and traditional pork production—to make your sausage, bacon, and chops—has also been the cause of some water pollution, as pig waste runs into local water sources.
- On average, a vegan, a person who doesn’t eat meat or dairy, indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day lessthan a person who eats the average American diet.
It improves your sex-life. Studies have shown that a vegan diet leads to an increase in libido. Vegans tend to intake more zinc and vitamin B complexes than meat eaters and therefore have an increase sex drive. Also, a vegan diet changes our body’s overall chemistry which can make the body and bodily secretions taste and smell sweeter. Plus, fructose, a natural sugar found in fruit increases energy and stamina without crashing. High water volume in fruits and vegetables also increase lubrication and overall hydration in the body.
People not only hate on veganism, but also on raw veganism! We also fact checked this and the results were..how do you say it best; IN THEIR FACE!