Veganism is the new trend that has been taking the world by storm, however some are skeptical about whether or not people are becoming vegan for the right reasons, or if people are becoming vegan just to keep up with the trend. In general, it seems that consumers are eating more and more vegetables and less and less meat.
So, what exactly is “veganism?” According to vegan.org, Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Simply stated, veganism is the act of abstaining from the use of animal products in your diet. For example, people who are vegan do not eat meat, milk, or eggs.
Becoming a vegan is beneficial for your health. Consuming animal meat and fats have been linked to many diseases, as stated by The American Dietetic Association. In addition, vegan foods, such as veggies, whole grains, and fruits are low in fat and rich in nutrients. Overall, a vegan diet can supply all the nutrients that are needed to live a healthy lifestyle, without the consumption of animals.
Going vegan is not only beneficial to your health, but to the environment as well. Becoming a vegan can:
- Save over 200 animals a year (PETA)
- Eliminate over 1.2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
- Save over 1 million gallons of water (http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/)
Even though people may think that veganism is just a trend, I beg to differ. Individuals are becoming increasingly aware of what they are putting into their bodies, which is causing this new era of living a healthy lifestyle. Being vegan isn’t that bad (contrary to popular opinion) and there are many places, such as THE MARKET AT THE FAREWAY, that have many vegan lunch and dinner options in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia. Give it a try, you might like it.