We are going into 2022 with a huge amount of people cutting off of their plates meat and dairy. Why is this happening more frequently? Have you ever gone to the supermarket and realized that vegan products has been presented more often?
So, according to studies a vegan diet can be beneficial not only for our health but also for our environment.
Is a vegan diet healthier?
They found that adopting diets in line with global dietary guidelines could avoid 5.1 million deaths per year by 2050. Even greater benefits could come from vegetarian diets (avoiding 7.3 million deaths) and vegan diets (avoiding 8.1 million deaths). Approximately half of the avoided deaths were due to reduction of red meat consumption, with the other half due to a combination of increased fruit and vegetable intake and a reduction in calories, leading to fewer people being overweight or obese.
The vegan diet is generally considered to be higher in fibre and lower in cholesterol. People who eat vegan or vegetarian diets tend to have a lower risk of developing heart disease.
A common concern for those tempted to transition is whether a vegan diet provides enough protein. But while there isn’t much protein in fruits and vegetables, Springmann says, this isn’t cause for concern.
“We’ve never [seen] issues with protein deficiencies, only in people who don’t eat enough calories, he says. “Protein is in everything.”
It’s also it’s unlikely a vegan diet will cause an iron deficiency, says Springman, as long as your diet includes fruit and vegetables of every colour.
People also get concerned about to get enough vitamin B12 on a vegan diet. Which is recommended 1.5 micrograms per day.
it’s easy to get the “minuscule” amount of B12 we need from nutritional yeast or fortified food, such as plant-based milks, says Marco Springmann, senior researcher of environmental sustainability and public health at the University of Oxford.
In countries where food isn’t fortified with B12, he recommends vitamin supplements. However, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that nutritional yeast isn’t an adequate source of B12, and vegans must take supplements or eat fortified food.
It is recommended that any children and babies being fed a vegan diet get enough B12.
Why is a vegan diet better for the planet?
Today, the UN (Food and Agriculture Organzation of the United Nations) says meat and dairy (farmed livestock) accounts for 14.5% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions. That’s roughly equivalent to the exhaust emissions of every car, train, ship and aircraft on the planet!
Total emissions from global livestock: 7.1 Gigatonnes of Co2-equiv per year, representing 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions.
Cattle (raised for both beef and milk, as well as for inedible outputs like manure and draft power) are the animal species responsible for the most emissions, representing about 65% of the livestock sector’s emissions.
On a commodity-basis, beef and cattle milk are responsible for the most emissions, respectively, contributing 41 percent and 20 percent of the sector’s overall GHG outputs.
They are followed by pig meat, (9 percent of emissions), buffalo milk and meat (8 percent), chicken meat and eggs (8 percent), and small ruminant milk and meat (6 percent). The remaining emissions are sourced to other poultry species and non-edible products.
About 44 percent of livestock emissions are in the form of methane (CH4). The remaining part is almost equally shared between Nitrous Oxide (N2O, 29 percent) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2, 27 percent).
It has been proved that going vegan is the best way to save water. One person who goes vegan can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.
It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce just one gallon of milk, and beef has an overall water footprint of roughly 4 million gallons per ton. By contrast, the water footprint of vegetables is about 85,000 gallons per ton.
And runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is also one of the leading causes of river and lake pollution—and it can contaminate groundwater with viruses and bacteria.
A research published in the World Resources Institute in March 2021 found that two of the main products responsible for deforestation are beef and soy, the latter being used for animal feed.
According to a research by Global Forest Watch, the total loss of tropical forest increased by 12% overall between 2019 and 2020. Agriculture is the top source of worldwide deforestation (40%), and among the top commodity-drivers of deforestation, beef holds the first place.
Overall, beef is responsible for 36% of all agriculture-linked forest-replacement. The huge responsibility borne by the beef industry is due to the conversion of forests into cattle pasture, which amounted to 45.1 Millions hectares of lands deforested between 2001 and 2015 – a rate that is five times higher than for any other analysed products.
Is there economical benefits from a vegan diet?
According to Oxford University researchers modelled the economic benefits of dietary change and found they could save $700-$1,000 billion (US) per year on healthcare, unpaid informal care and lost working days. The economic value that society places on the reduced risk of dying could even be as high as 9-13% of global GDP, or $20-$30 trillion (US). In addition, the researchers found that the economic benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions from dietary changes could be as much as $570 billion (US).
Become more creative being vegan
Since I became vegan I became more creative in the kitchen and discovered a colorful world of fruits and vegetables. There are many websites with delicious recipes that can help you to begin.
You will definitely be surprised with the amount of options you will find while cooking. It is like learning how to use everything we have in the fridge in different ways. We can prepare amazing dishes from a simple corn and peas to a original recipe made of tofu or seitan.
There are so many dishes that you can cook and it is easier that it looks like. PASTA, burguers, wraps, bows, salads, toasts and much more! give it a try and there is no going back!
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