By Victoria Fuller
Whether or not you live a Vegan lifestyle, you can’t deny the incredible environmental and societal impact that Veganism has had in recent years as more and more people choose to live a plant-based way of life, and in celebration of World Vegan Day today (November 1st) we wanted to shed some light on some of the perks of Veganism.
When one thinks of a Vegan diet, the first thought is usually luscious salads, beautiful bowls, and overall delicious and nutritious food, however you will still have to put some effort into eating healthily! All Dressed potato chips are technically Vegan but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to be chowing down on bags of them at a time, so make sure to make nutritious and informed choices when going plant-based! Some known health benefits of eating a plant-based diet are:
- Potential for Weight Loss
- Lower risk of cholesterol and heart disease
- Lower risk of getting certain types of cancer (such as colon cancer)
- Easier management of Diabetes
Simply put: by not eating animals we lower the demand for them, ensuring that fewer animals are bred with the sole purpose of being slaughtered for consumption. Vegans generally feel that animals and humans should be treated as equals, it’s more than just eating a plant-based diet, it’s about animal rights and caring for those around us!
Helping the Environment
Vegans have conducted hundreds of studies showing the positive environmental impact of eating a plant-based diet. Plant-based food generally requires less resources and land to produce than animal-based foods, and this greatly reduces carbon emissions by up to 75% (such as greenhouse gases which are a key contributor to global warming and climate change!).
We should also be responsible and shine a little bit of light onto one of the commonly referred to negatives of a Vegan lifestyle, and that is the lack of some essential nutrients that come traditionally from eating meat and other animal bi-products, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Calcium deficiencies are often common with Vegans so if you decide to live a plant-based life make sure to consult a healthcare professional first to make sure it’s right for you and make sure to take supplements for the vitamins and minerals that you may be missing out on!
Veganism and Cedar Planters
Growing your own delicious product at home in your Cedar Planters raised garden bed is an incredible way to save money, live a healthier life, and reduce your carbon footprint all while participating in a hobby that you love, talk about a win win!