The start of a new year offers an opportunity to try something new. Veganuary is the perfect time for ditching animal products and embracing a plant-based diet. But what are the benefits of a vegan diet? Here are five good reasons to give a vegan diet a go.
What are the benefits?
Going vegan is kinder to animals
There is no better way to help animals and prevent the exploitation of animals than following a vegan diet. In many farms, animals are confined in cramped conditions with no or little access to outside space and fresh air. Avoiding animal products is one way to take a stand against the exploitation of animals and support animal welfare.
A vegan diet is nutritious
Eating a diet based around fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and pulses is incredibly beneficial for your health. These foods are full of essential vitamins and minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), protein and dietary fibre.
There are concerns that vegans may be missing out on sufficient levels of protein and iron. However, with careful meal planning, it is possible to follow a vegan diet that is highly nutritious and provide you with all the nutrients your body needs to live an active lifestyle.
A vegan diet is better for the planet
According to the UN, a global shift towards a vegan diet is essential to saving the world from the most detrimental effects of climate change.
Plant-based diets not only have a positive impact on our health but also on the health of our planet. Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the most effective ways of reducing your impact on the environment as an individual.
Animal farming is one of the biggest contributions to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, the use of fresh water and water pollution. For instance, the meat and dairy industry contributes to about 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
A recent study showed that if everyone on the planet followed a vegan diet, there could be a 23% reduction in all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Going vegan can reduce your food bill
Despite what you may think, following a vegan diet doesn’t have to break the bank! Don’t forget that buying good quality meat and seafood can be very expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can easily stock up on plant-based cupboard essentials including beans, legumes, whole grains, pulses, rice, potatoes, etc.
You can make simple, delicious and healthy meals using affordable ingredients that are completely vegan-friendly.
It’s becoming easier to go vegan
With more and more people embracing a vegan diet, it’s never been easier to be vegan and try vegan alternatives. There are a wide range of vegan options on offer including plant-based milks, vegan cheese, tofu, tempeh, etc. The shift towards plant-based diets means that more restaurants and cafes offer vegan options on their menu, so there are plenty of vegan dishes to choose from when dining out.