FACTS & BENEFITS

A vegan diet can be one of the healthiest ways to live. Plant-based diets should contain plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Because vegan diets often rely heavily on these healthy staples, they tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fibre. Healthy vegan diets are abundant with vitamins B1, C, and E, folic acid, magnesium, and iron while also being low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

Eating a diet centered around plants can have a dramatic effect on our health.

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs C02 equivalent and one animal’s life.

HEALTH

  • More than 60% of all global deaths are due to chronic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers, with poor diet considered a major contributory factor in all of them.
  • The number one cause of premature death in the United States, and the number-one cause of disability, is the standard American diet.
  • Two thirds of adults are either overweight or obese.
  • In the U.S. 1 out of every 4 deaths is from cancer.
  • One serving of processed meat per day increased risk of developing diabetes by 51%.
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MEAT

  • 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. 
  • The leading source of sodium in the American diet for adults is chicken.
  • The number one dietary source of cholesterol in America is chicken.
  • 80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.
  • Eating organic meat will not help you avoid contaminants.
  • In one lifetime, the average American will consume the equivalent of 11 cows, 27 pigs, and 2,400 chickens.
  • 13.6 million kilograms of antibiotics are used for livestock in the United States per year, to prevent the spread of diseases despite the unhygienic conditions of crowded factory farms. The amount is nearly four times the quantity of antibiotics sold annually for human consumption.
  • Chickens are frequently fed antidepressants and caffeine supplements to enhance their growth.
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DAIRY

  • Dairy does nobody any favors – it’s harmful to our health, the animals and the environment.
  • 900 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of cheese.
  • 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  • Cow’s milk: ideal for calves not humans
  • Like it or not, milk is not the best source of calcium.
    • It may be hard to believe but the calcium contained in cow’s milk is barely absorbable to the human body. The most calcium-rich foods on the planet come from plants, especially leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli.
  • Several studies have found a link between the consumption of dairy products in childhood and the development of type 1 diabetes.
  • You don’t need cow’s milk in order to survive
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EGGS

  • 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs
  • Eggs have zero dietary fiber, and about 70 percent of their calories are from fat—a big portion of which is saturated.
  • Eggs are loaded with cholesterol—about 213 milligrams for an average-sized egg.
    • For reference, people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or high cholesterol should consume fewer than 200 milligrams of cholesterol each day. And, humans have no biological need to consume any cholesterol at all; we make more than enough in our own bodies.
  • By avoiding eggs and consuming more plant-based foods, you will not only decrease your intake of cholesterol, saturated fat, and animal protein, but also increase your intake of protective fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
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