Eating a plant based diet is not only good for you, but it’s also good for the planet. No one can argue that it’s good for animals too. Obviously, since no one has to kill an animal to eat plants, that’s clear. Let’s delve into each of these claims to find out more.
Your Health A very cursory look at the current research shows that eating a plant based diet void of animal products and proceed food will not only keep you healthy, but a plant based diet can reverse cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While eating plant-based will not rid you of any and all chances of getting a disease, it can reduce risks of triggering or making worse a condition that you already have.
If you suffer from constipation, eating a diet rich in high fiber plants will eventually eliminate the need for laxatives and other drugs. Plants are rich in water, fiber and all the macronutrients that you could possibly need and once you switch over within just a month of sticking to the whole food plant based diet, you should begin to notice a difference.
The Planet’s Health Surely you’ve seen the memes going around that almonds use 10 percent of California’s water supply. But did you know that the cattle industry uses 40 percent? If one person stops eating animal products it’s as if they purchased an electric car or stopped driving in terms of the carbon footprint they leave on the world.
Whether you are morally okay with animals being exploited for food or not, the truth is our lands cannot sustain us on a meat based diet for much longer. The population is expected to grow by over 3 billion in the next 40 years which will cause meat consumption to double or triple and the land mass needed to grow animal products to feed that number of people simply is nonexistent.
For example an average family can live off about 1 acre of land or less if they use raised bed gardening practices when eating plant based. Whereas, if that same family eats meat their land use needs will grow to more than 20 acres. It’s simply unsustainable for the long term.
For The Animals The last reason of course is really one of the first reasons many people decide to live a plant based lifestyle. The health and environmental benefits are just icing on the cake. Even when a farmer tries to raise animals in a cruelty free environment the fact of the matter is, ultimately the animal has to die to provide food. In some cultures this is necessary due to the lack of ability to farm, but in most cultures it’s simply not necessary. If you can get enough food and nutrition without killing or using an animal, why not do it?
These three reasons are compelling and strong reasons to start a plant based diet. Visit my site to learn more about starting a plant based lifestyle transition program.