Other than the fact that its Veganuary, why go vegan? Well, the start of a new year is always a good time to make a positive change to our lives, and by going vegan, you would be doing just that. A vegan lifestyle is not only good for animals, it is also great for us and the environment. Read below to find out why.
Going vegan is great for animals
This is perhaps the first thing you think of when you think vegan – animals. It makes sense; a vegan lifestyle is one that doesn’t include any animal products at all, so animals are not suffering for us. Animals are sentient beings capable of emotions, of feeling pain and of suffering. When mass produced for food, animals are often kept in unsatisfactory living conditions, and many are mistreated. By following a vegan lifestyle, you are not contributing to their suffering and are supporting an animal-friendly world.
A vegan diet is healthy
Vegan diets are generally lower in saturated fats and higher in fruits, vegetables, grains and pulses. Saturated fat is linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and can increase the risk of conditions such diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, a balanced vegan diet can reduce the risk of developing these conditions. We’re only four days into veganuary, so why not join in for the rest of the month and see how you feel? The chances are, you’ll feel better by the end and may even have lost a few pounds! See our AnimalKind section for diet tips!
Veganism is environmental friendly
As well as being kinder to animals, a vegan lifestyle is better for the environment. A huge amount of energy and resources go into producing and distributing meat and other animal products, and substantial amounts of land are cleared every year to make way for agriculture, specifically raising animals for our benefit. In fact, cows are the biggest contributor to methane in our atmosphere, and methane has considerably more impact on global warming than CO2.