Vegan Awareness & Health

vegan-3Nutritional benefits of going vegan:

• Reduced saturated fats. Dairy products and meats contain a
large amount of saturated fats. By reducing the amount of
saturated fats from your diet, you’ll improve your health
tremendously, especially when it comes to cardiovascular
health.

• Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide energy for your body.
When you don’t have enough carbohydrates, your body will
burn muscle tissue.

• Fiber. A diet high in fiber (as vegan eating usually is) leads to
healthier bowel movements. High fiber diets help fight against
colon cancer.

• Magnesium. Aiding in the absorption of calcium, magnesium
is an often overlooked vitamin in importance to a healthy diet.
Nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens are an excellent source of
magnesium.

• Potassium. Potassium balances water and acidity in your
body and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Diets
high in potassium have shown to reduce the risk of
cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

• Folate. This B vitamin is an important part of a healthy diet.
Folate helps with cell repair, generating red and white blood
cells, and metabolizing amino acids.

• Antioxidants. For protection against cell damage,
antioxidants are one of the best ways to help your body.
Many researchers also believe that antioxidants help protect
your body against forming some types of cancer.

• Vitamin C. Besides boosting your immune system, Vitamin C
also helps keep your gums healthy and helps your bruises
heal faster. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.

• Vitamin E. This powerful vitamin has benefits for your heart,
skin, eyes, brain, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s
Disease. A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is
full of Vitamin E.

• Phytochemicals. Plant-based foods provide phytochemicals,
which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost
protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.

• Protein. That protein is good for your body is no surprise. It
may be a surprise to learn that most Americans eat too much
protein and in forms such as red meat that are not healthy
ways of getting protein. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy
products are all great ways to get the right amount of protein
in a vegan diet.

Disease Prevention:

Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number
of diseases. Find out from the list below what you could
potentially avoid just by switching to a healthy, balanced
vegan way of eating.

• Cardiovascular disease. Eating nuts and whole grains, while
eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your
cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan
diet reduces the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.

• Cholesterol. Eliminating any food that comes from an animal
and you will eliminate all dietary cholesterol from your diet.
Your heart will thank you for that.

• Blood pressure. A diet rich in whole grains is beneficial to
your health in many ways, including lowering high blood
pressure.

• 2 diabetes. Not only is a vegan diet a weapon against Type 2
diabetes, it is also “easier to follow than the standard diet
recommended by the American Diabetic Association.” Read
more about it here.

• Prostate cancer. A major study showed that men in the early
stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either
stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even
reversed the illness.

• Colon cancer. Eating a diet consisting of whole grains, along
with fresh fruits and vegetables, can greatly reduce your
chances of colon cancer.

• Breast cancer. Countries where women eat very little meat
and animal products have a much lower rate of breast cancer
than do the women in countries that consume more animal
products.

• Macular degeneration. Diets with lots of fresh fruits and
vegetables, especially leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin, and
sweet potatoes, can help prevent the onset of age-related
macular degeneration.

• Cataracts. Much the same way macular degeneration is
headed off by a vegan diet, cataracts are also thought to be
prevented through the intake of the same fruits and
vegetables. Produce high in antioxidants are also believed to
help prevent cataracts.

• Arthritis. Eliminating dairy consumption has long been
connected with alleviating arthritis symptoms, but a new study
indicates that a combination of gluten-free and vegan diet is
very promising for improving the health of those suffering
from rheumatoid arthritis.

• Osteoporosis. Bone health depends on a balance of neither
too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high
potassium, and low sodium. With a healthy vegan diet, all four
of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing
osteoporosis.

Physical Benefits:

In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, eating
vegan also provides many physical benefits. Find out how a
vegan diet makes your body stronger, more attractive, and
more energetic.

• Body Mass Index. Several population studies show that a
diet without meat leads to lower BMIs–usually an indicator of a
healthy weight and lack of fat on the body.

• Weight loss. A healthy weight loss is a typical result of a
smart vegan diet. Eating vegan eliminates most of the
unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues. Read more
about weight loss and a vegan diet here.

• Energy. When following a healthy vegan diet, you will find
your energy is much higher. This blog post in Happy Healthy
Long Life describes how NFL tight-end Tony Gonzalez started
eating vegan and gained energy–while playing football.

• Healthy skin. The nuts and vitamins A and E from vegetables
play a big role in healthy skin, so vegans will usually have
good skin health. Many people who switch to a vegan diet will
notice a remarkable reduction in blemishes as well.

• Longer life. Several studies indicate that those following a
vegan or vegetarian lifestyle live an average of three to six
years longer than those who do not.

• Body odor. Eliminating dairy and red meat from the diet
significantly reduces body odor. Going vegan means smelling
better.

• Bad breath. Vegans frequently experience a reduction in bad
breath. Imagine waking up in the morning and not having
morning breath.

• Hair. Many who follow vegan diets report that their hair
becomes stronger, has more body, and looks healthier.

• Nails. Healthy vegan diets are also responsible for much
stronger, healthier nails. Nail health is said to be an indicator
of overall health.

• PMS. When switching to a vegan diet, many women tell how
PMS symptoms become much less intense or disappear
altogether. The elimination of dairy is thought to help with
those suffering with PMS.

• Migraines. Migraine suffers who go on vegan diets frequently
discover relief from their migraines.

• Allergies. Reduction in dairy, meat, and eggs is often tied to
alleviation of allergy symptoms. Many vegans report much
fewer runny noses and congestion problems.

Too Much in the American Diet:

The typical American diet not only consists of too much food,
it also relies on too much of unnecessary food products or
toxins. The following list explains how a vegan diet can
eliminate these problems.

• Animal proteins. The average American eats twice as much
protein as necessary for a healthy diet and much of that is
from red meat. Getting protein from beans and grains is much
healthier and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.

• Cow’s milk dairy. The human body is not designed to digest
cow milk and cow milk dairy products, yet the idea of milk
being healthy is pushed through advertising. As many as 75%
of people in the world may be lactose intolerant and many
people suffer from undiagnosed milk allergies or sensitivities.
By eliminating cow’s milk from your diet, you are improving
your overall health.

• Eggs. Many nutritionists believe that the number of eggs in
the American diet is too high. While sometimes disputed, it
has been shown that eggs can raise cholesterol levels.

• Mercury. Most of the fish and shellfish consumed has
mercury in it. While some fish have less than others, it is
almost impossible not to be putting mercury in your body
when you eat fish.

• Sugar. Most people have heard that Americans consume way
too much sugar. Relying on other sweeteners that are not
synthetic, processed, or derived from animal products is a
healthier way to eat. Many vegans do not eat processed
sugar due to the fact that most of the cane sugar is refined
through activated charcoal, most of which comes from animal
bones.

Other Benefits:

In addition to the health benefits above, following a vegan
lifestyle and diet also provides these benefits as well. From
helping the environment to avoiding serious bacterial
infections, learn other benefits to eating the vegan way
below.

• Animals. Many people begin a vegan diet out of concern for
animals. Whether opposed to the conditions of animals
intended for food or eating animals in general, going vegan
will help your conscience rest easily.

• Environment. Growing plants takes much fewer resources
than growing animals. By eating vegan, you can help reduce
the toll on the environment.

• E. coli. E. coli comes from eating contaminated red meat and
is the leading cause of bloody diarrhea. Young children, those
with compromised immune systems, and elderly people can
become extremely ill or die from E. coli. Eating vegan means
completely avoiding the risk of E. coli infection.

• Salmonella. Another gastrointestinal illness from animal
products, salmonella food poisoning is closely related to E.
coli. The most frequent way people contract salmonella food
poisoning is through contact with raw eggs or raw chicken
meat from chickens infected with salmonella. Again, going
vegan means eliminating this risk altogether.

• Mad cow disease. It’s safe to say that most people would
want to avoid contracting a fatal, non-treatable disease. One
way to ensure you don’t get Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is by
not eating animals infected with mad cow disease. While the
incidence of mad cow disease is not reportedly so high in
North America, it does exist.

• Global food supply. Feeding grain to animals meant as food
sources reduces the amount of food that is available to
underdeveloped nations. Many people will go hungry while
that same food they could be eating is given to animals raised
for slaughter. Eating vegan ensures that you have removed
yourself from the participation of this imbalance.

• Hormone consumption. Eating animals that have been given
hormones to speed growth (a common practice in the meat
industry) means those hormones go into your body. Not only
can this disrupt the natural balance of your hormones, but
some of the hormones given to animals have shown to cause
tumor growth in humans.

• Antibiotics. Antibiotics are frequently given to feed animals,
which can lead to bacterial resistance. Many of the antibiotics
used to treat human infections are also used in feed animals.

 

(Information compiled from http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/ )

 

Celebrities that are Vegan or Vegetarian:

Carrie Underwood, Jessica Chastain, Abbie Cornish, Jim Morris, Aimee Teegarden, Joan Jett, Mike Tyson, Joss Stone, Al Gore Kellie Pickler, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Alanis Morissette, Brad Pitt Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Aniston, Angela Simmons, Russell Simmons Ariana Grande, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd, Woody Harrelson, Bendan Brazier Mody, Bryan Adams , Garth Brooks, Carl Lewis, Tricia Yearwood, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Namath, Christian Seratos, Martina Navratilova, Christie Brinkley, Tony La Russa, Colbie Caillat, Robert Parish, Cory Booker, Prince Fielder, Daniella Monet, Dave Scott, Darren Aronofsky, Billie Jean King, Diane Keaton, Tony Gonzalez, Diane Warren, Carl Lewis, Ed Begley, Jr, Betty White, Eliza Dushku, Natalie Portman, Ellen DeGeneres, Joanquin Phoenix, Ellen Page, John Salley, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Emily Deschanel, Kevin Nealon, Emmylou Harris, Kimberly Elise, Eric Stoltz, Laura Prepon, Famke Janssen, Lisa Edelstein, Fiona Apple, Mac Danzig, Forst Whitaker, Marc Hoppus, Geezer Butler, Marco Antonio Regil, Georges Laraque, Masta Killa, Grimes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilaria Baldwin, Mayim Bialik, Ivan Sergei, Meagan Duhamel, Jake Shields, Mike White, James Cromwell, Milo Ventimiglia, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Pamela Anderson, Jared Leto, Mos Def, Jason Mraz, Paul McCartney, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, Jenna Talackova, Phil Collen, Portia De Rossi, Prince, Renee Olstead, Rich Roll, Ricky Martin, Ricky Williams, Robin Quivers, Russel Brand, Samuel L. Jackson, RZA, Sarah Silverman, Shania Twain, Sia, Steve-O, Steph Davis, Stella McCartney, Thom Yorke, Thomas Dekker, Tia Mowry, Toby Maquire, Tom Morello, Travis Barker, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, Rossie O’Donnell, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Andree 3000 Benjamin, Avril Lavigne, Adam Levine, Barry White, B.B. King, Richard Gere, Ted Danson, Dustin Hoffman,  Drew Barrymore, Candace Bergen, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael J. Fox, Rosanna Arquette, Anthony Perkins, Rob Zombie, Vivienne Westwood.

 

Since vegans eat no animals, each vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year. Of course, these are animals who won’t be torn out of their ocean homes or confined to cramped, filthy barns, cages, and pens before being hung upside down on the slaughter line and having their throats cut. Yay, vegans!

(http://www.peta.org/blog/vegans-save-185-animals-year/)

 

Based on these figures, Noam calculated that each year the average person consumes:

  • Roughly 130 shellfish
  • 40 fish
  • 26 chickens
  • One turkey
  • Nearly half a pig
  • A little more than a tenth of a cow

 

Videos:

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