Did you know that the current, fastest growing trend in the United States is veganism!
Yes, that’s right, veganism is sweeping the nation as people are starting to realize the overall negative effects of eating meat on this planet. Here are just a few reasons why going vegan is good for both the earth and you!
- Grilled red meat is a carcinogen. Did you know that cooking red meat on an open flame such as a grill or barbecue has been proven to cause colon cancer?
When red meat is grilled and eaten, it irritates the lining of the colon. Over time, this can cause colon cancer.
Try tasty meat-free protein alternatives instead!
- Dairy creates excess mucus. Did you know that humans are the only species on the planet that continue to consume dairy after infancy? All other mammals stop after they are babies. Drinking milk and eating dairy not only irritates the lining of the colon, it also creates excess mucus in your system.
This can clog your digestive tract and respiratory system. Try almond, soy, cashew or rice milk instead.
- The sanitary factor. During the turn of the century, Upton Sinclair wrote in his book,
The Jungle, about the atrocities he saw when visiting the local slaughterhouses. Although establishments are now regulated, there are still questionable sanitary practices still in force.
Intestines fall on concrete and other innards are improperly disposed of. A percentage of rat feces and insects are considered passable for inspection of meat products. Although the average person may never be exposed to this, be aware that this is the process that brings meat to your table.
- Diseased livestock. A certain percentage of diseased cows and pigs pass inspection to be culled for meat production. Remember, mad cow disease was a problem in the not too distant past. And sick animals are considered “passable” so meat purveyors don’t lose profit.
- The trickle down effect.
Did you know that by eating an animal, we are also eating what they ate? For example, if tuna eats food rich in mercury, we are also ingesting that mercury into our bodies when we eat tuna. Mercury is stored in the fat of our bodies and never goes away. Mercury poisoning is affecting tuna worldwide. As a result, it is affecting humans who consume fish.
Whatever an animal ate, you are also eating.
- Livestock is not being fed a natural diet. Did you know that most livestock is being fed a diet that they would never encounter in the wild? For example, cows are ruminants, meaning they have more than one stomach and are grass-eating animals. However, to cut down on production costs, they are fed corn on most feedlots. Cows would never come in contact with corn in the wild and are unequipped to digest it properly. Also, pigs are fed a diet mainly of corn because it is cheap.
Farm-raised shrimp and fish are also fed pellets made of corn. Feeding animals a diet far from their natural food is not healthy for the animal or the person eating it.
- Hormones, steroids and GMOs– Animals used for meat production are often given hormones to make them grow larger quicker. This cuts cost on production and also shortens the time to harvest, thereby making production cheaper. But by doing this, as referred to in #5, the trickle down effect, you are essentially eating these hormones after you eat this meat. Likewise, animals used for meat production are given steroids to combat disease that you then ingest. In addition, these animals are kept in close quarters and are generally unhealthy.
- Preservatives, nitrates in processed meats are carcinogenic. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and kielbasa are known to cause cancer. They are carcinogenic and affect the digestive system. Try vegan hot dogs, bacon and sausages.
You’ll be surprised how similar they taste to the real deal!
9. We unbalance the planet by eating meat. Did you know that by eating meat, we continue the cycle of feed lots and animals being grown and culled disproportionately to what natural?
This causes “hidden emissions” of methane and nitrous oxide from cattle and pig feed lots that are destroying the atmosphere. This type of food productions is responsible for 80 percent of the world’s deforestation.
10. Eat ethical, cruelty free foods.
You can eat with a good conscious knowing that the foods that you consume are cruelty-free and therefore ethical.
By not eating meat, you are not contributing to unacceptable living conditions and also to the way meat is harvested. After all, no meat is gained without violence.
Know your purchase of vegan or vegetarian food is a good, conscious choice for both yourself and the planet.