Whether you’ve noticed it or not, being vegan is very popular right now. Social media is full of companies advertising cruelty-free makeup, shoes, and clothing. Many people also use it to showcase vegan recipes and to spread awareness. There are also more vegan restaurants and cafes being opened to keep up with demand. If you didn’t know, vegans make a conscious decision not to eat, use or wear anything that is made from or tested on animals. There are many compelling reasons why people are transitioning to this way of life. From wanting to live a healthier lifestyle to being more animal-friendly. Here are just a few popular reasons that people are becoming vegan and why you may want to consider it yourself.
It’s Better For The Environment
The meat industry creates a significant percentage of pollution and is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses. From transporting the meat to packaging it, the pollution it creates is on an enormous scale. This is understandably having an adverse effect on our planet, and the industry also uses an extensive amount of fossil fuels. Its destruction is clearly shown in documentaries such as Cowspiracy, which you can watch online. After watching this, many companies have changed their outlook and approach. If more people choose to stop eating meat, less pollution will enter our atmosphere. Even cutting down your meat intake each week can make a significant difference to the condition of the planet.
It Can Help Animals
Many people choose to become vegan in a bid to help animals. They believe that all animals should be respected and treated as our equals and not inferior species. Its rise in popularity has shed light on brands who unnecessarily use animal testing such as MAC and Pantene. It’s also encouraged people to stop wearing leather and other animal by-products from clothing brands. A reduction in people buying meat and dairy products has also closed down factory farms. This boycotting has meant that more animals are being saved, which has seen them go on to lead happier lives. This can be incredibly rewarding and make you feel you are making a difference.
Vegans Can Get Protein Without Meat
Protein is a vital nutrient that our bodies need to repair and replace cells. Eating meats such as chicken and beef are considered one of the best ways of getting the protein you need. This has lead many people to believe that vegans are unhealthy because they aren’t eating high protein food. But this is far from the truth. Food such as spinach, lentils, and tofu are all sources of protein. You can also buy raw vegan protein products which are made from brown rice and pea protein. This means vegans are getting the nutrients their body need, without having to rely on the meat industry to do so. Scientists have also found that consuming too much animal meat is detrimental to your health.
What’re Your Thoughts?
So whether you want to try it part time or give up meat for good, becoming vegan can benefit both you and the planet in so many ways. Even if you don’t want to be vegan, knowing a bit more about it can help you be more understanding and accommodating to those who are.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.