Vegan For Health
All the nutrients without the animal products
Many people grow up thinking that animal products like meat and milk are essential parts of a healthy diet. However, well-planned vegan diets follow healthy eating guidelines, and contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. Both the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognize that vegan diets are suitable for every age. So, If not for the animals or for the Earth, consider going vegan for yourself. The risks associated with the top 2 leading causes of death, heart disease and cancer, are significantly reduced for those who eat only plant based foods.
Lower your risk for various cancers
According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have lower overall cancer rates. For example, meat eaters have a 54% increased risk for prostate cancer and an 88% increased rate for colorectal cancer according to a massive Adventist Health Study. Breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer rates are 34% lower for vegan women than for non-vegan women. Regular meat consumption also increases the risk of colon cancer by 300% according to a Harvard study. It is important to consider your diet as a risk factor for cancer; 30% of cancers are dietary related and nearly all preventable cancer cases are caused at least in part to dietary factors. The IARC (part of the World Health Organization) is the official, and largest, international organization for cancer research. According to the IARC and widespread scientific consensus, processed meats (bacon, ham, lunch meat, hot dogs, sausages, chicken nuggets) are class 1 carcinogens (in the same category as tobacco, asbestos, and alcohol) and red meats are "probable carcinogens."
Reversing heart disease
"There's only one diet ever proven to reverse heart disease in a majority of patients; a plant based diet. Even if that's the only thing a plant based diet can do, reverse the number 1 killer, number 2 in the UK, shouldn't that be the default diet until proven otherwise? And the fact that it can also prevent or reverse other leading killers, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, would seem to make the case simply overwhelming. There's only one diet ever proven to do that, it's hard to cherry-pick when there's only one cherry."
– Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States
Heart disease is the most deadly killer in the world, claiming 1 in 4 American lives. Heart disease is caused mostly due to dietary choices. It occurs when arteries are clogged with cholesterol and saturated fats, which are found almost exclusively in animal products. Studies show that plant based diets significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, as these foods have unsaturated fats – which do not clog arteries– rather than saturated fats. An ideal total cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dL; a vegan diet can reduce your cholesterol level by more than 40 mg/dL. A vegan diet can not only reduce your cholesterol, but can also reverse atherosclerosis (clogging of arteries) within 2 weeks, according to a recent study.
Avoiding obesity and diabetes
Without animal products in your diet, excessive fats are significantly reduced and obesity is avoided. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the average American ate almost 20% more calories in the year 2000 than they did in 1983, thanks, in part, to a boom in meat consumption. Today, each American puts away an average of 195 lbs of meat every year, compared to just 138lbs in the 1950s. Consequently, among vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores, vegans in are the only dietary group in America with BMIs, on average, within a healthy range. Finally, type 2 diabetes is linked very strongly to meat heavy diets. Studies show that the risk of diabetes is 80% higher in men who eat meat compared to those who do not. A plant-based diet has been proven to lower blood glucose levels to help manage and prevent diabetes.
Factory farming and public health
The disgusting conditions of the large factory farm operations cause bacteria and disease to grow. Animals stand knee deep in manure. These conditions can be equated to the concentration camps of the Holocaust, where millions died of typhoid. Hundreds of fatal diseases have been brought about precisely because of these conditions, including salmonella, E. coli, listeria, shigella, campylobacter and mad cow disease. To prevent outbreaks of these diseases, 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are used in livestock operations. Antibiotic resistance is a state in which bacteria are exposed to antibiotics and develop into stronger, more resistant strains. This is very dangerous because it means antibiotics are no longer useful in defense against bacteria. Currently, we are nearing the end of the antibiotic age because very few antibiotics last long enough for production to be profitable. According to the CDC,“Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection”
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Eating A Vegan Diet Prevents Disease
1) A healthy vegan diet involves eliminating all foods that come from animals, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This factor is a big healthy benefit of going vegan as heart disease is the number (1) killer in America.
2) A vegan diet that consists of lots of whole grains is beneficial in the lowering of high blood pressure.
3) A vegan diet reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
4) A vegan diet significantly lowers your risk of colon cancer.
5) Women that follow a vegan diet have lower incidences of breast cancer.
6) A vegan diet relieves the symptoms of arthritis. A vegan-gluten combination improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
7) A vegan diet lessens and often eliminates PMS symptoms.
8) A vegan diet promotes healthy skin and prevents as well as eliminates blemishes.
9) A vegan diet eliminates dairy, milk and eggs that frequently cause allergies and autoimmune diseases
10) Statistics show that vegans live longer than others in the population. A huge study of Seventh Day Adventists who ate little or no meat showed longevity increases of 7.28 years in men and 4.42 years in women