Why Vegan Diets are a Better Choice
Veganism is the ancient practice of refraining from eating animal products. According to Suddath (2013), “Veganism is an extreme form of vegetarianism, and though the term was coined in 1944, the concept of flesh-avoidance can be traced back to ancient Indian and eastern Mediterranean societies” (para. 2). There has been a lot of conversation about vegan diets not being healthy and extremely expensive. The truth of the matter is that there is a lot of conclusive scientific evidence proving that vegan diets are healthier and more nutritious. While vegan diets are not very popular they are healthier and a more economical choice compared to eating meat and dairy products. Vegan diets are inexpensive when compared to the price of meat and dairy products. Most vegans base their diets around items that can all be purchased inexpensively in bulk such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds (Blumberg, 2013). Many vegans save money by purchasing fruits and vegetables that are in season this results in lower prices. Since vegans consume mostly fruits and vegetables this has many health benefits. With the large consumption of fruit and vegetables this gives vegans a lowered risk of many cancers specifically colon cancer (Blumberg, 2013). Along with the reduced risk of cancer vegans have a much lower obesity rate compared to non-vegans. Vegans weigh five to 20% less than meat eaters. Since most vegans have a lower body mass index they have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Another great benefit of practicing a vegan diet is that vegan diets are well balanced. Many Americans consume too much protein from red meat. On average Americans consume twice as much protein required for a healthy diet and most of it comes from red meat (NursingDegree.Net , 2004-2013). Red meat is not a healthy source for getting protein (Blumberg, 2013). When women consume high amounts of protein through red meat it puts them at a...
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