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Veganism? Why or Why not?

Makayla Mayes

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Studies show eating a 100% vegan diet improves overall health and promotes weight loss. With all good comes bad, so let’s look at the pros and cons of eating vegan.

Pro: Eating a vegan diet promotes weight loss

The vegan lifestyle is a lot lower in calories rather than the standard american diet. Eating raw veggies and fruits in their natural form is better than eating them processed or through meat.

Con: Excess weight loss could mean weight gain

Eating low amounts of calories means more hunger. Vegans tend to eat every 2 hours, due to being hungry all the time. New vegans don’t know their way around the lifestyle, so instead of eating raw veggies and fruits they eat “vegan junk food”. Even though eating vegan is extremely healthy for you, there are vegan junk food still filled with bad things.

Pro: Reduced risk of serious illnesses

Meat is a huge cause to the illnesses in America. Food nowadays is processed and filled with bad oils, so eating less to no meat decreases your chances of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and even strokes/heart attacks.

Con: Vegans are lacking in vital nutrients

Big nutrients like calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, and folate are all present in meat and dairy. Since vegans do not eat meat and diary they lack those essential nutrients. They tend to have to take supplements and protein powders to make sure they are in good health standing.

Pro: Saving animals

“It makes no sense to go through animal to get the nutrients that the animal gets because the animal ate plants.” -Colleen Patrick-Goodreau

This quote opened my eyes as to why we eat animals, but our nutrients are through the plants they eat. Over 56 billion animals are killed each year for food.

Con: Kinda expensive

Eating fresh fruits and veggies is more expensive than getting frozen processed meat from McDonald’s. Vegans pride themselves on their organic, fresh veggies. If you eat 5 bananas for a smoothie everyday the costs add up.

Overall the choice is yours. Make the right choices for your body and how much you can afford. Sometimes it takes getting a stable job for someone to switch over to veganism.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/10-products-that-are-killing-the-environment/

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Veganism? Why or Why not?