#1: Veganism can do wonders for your health.

Eating more fruits and vegetables will increase your vitamin and mineral intake and as far back as 2010 the World Health Organisation stated that plant-based diets are better for our long-term health.[1] Just make sure you supplement your vitamin B12!

#2: Veganism is kinder to animals.

If animal welfare is a priority for you then veganism is the perfect path to choose! The best way to take a stand against animal cruelty is by no longer eating and using animal products. Peta claim that by adopting a plant-based diet each vegan spares an average of 185 animals from going to slaughter. Now that’s cool.

#3: Dairy might be making your acne flare up!

I know, I know, acne has a lot of causes but mine cleared up significantly once I cut out cow’s milk. Even if I hadn’t been aware of the ethical reasons to go vegan I probably still would have for vanity purposes alone. My skin has never looked so good! Don’t take my word for it, there’s an abundance of bloggers, vloggers and writers who have discussed how eliminating dairy can transform complexions[2].

 #4: Animal agriculture is contributing to climate change.

In 2006 the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation produced a report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, which estimated that up to 18% of greenhouse emissions might be coming from animal agriculture.[3]

#5: Fish stocks are diminished from over fishing.

Until recently even the humble cod was endangered. For years we caught and ate too much fish with many of us thinking that omega-3 fats could only be obtained from fish. That’s not true and vegans get omega-3 from soybeans, seaweed, flaxseed and many other foods.[4] Make the switch and help save Nemo!

#6: The planet is facing a water crisis.

Quite simply rearing animals uses far more water than growing plant food. Did you know that a kilo of cereals need around 3 cubic metres of water to grow? In contrast a kilo of grass fed lamb will require up to 10 cubic metres! Given that water is a finite resource there are better ways to use it than on animal agriculture.

#7: Adopting a plant-based diet can help you lose some of your belly fat.

Within 14 weeks of adopting my vegan lifestyle I lost 10kg of what I called pregnancy/post baby weight and it’s stayed off.  I didn’t deprive myself, I ate plentiful, filling meals, it’s just that I was eating a lot more fresh fruit and veggies, which are naturally lower in calories than meat and dairy. I had more energy and my mood was better than it had been in years.

#8: Animal agriculture is using up all of the world’s resources.

Rearing animals for human consumption doesn’t just use up more water but also more land and more energy then growing grains and other plant foods. A kilo of beef creates 27 kg of carbon dioxide whereas a kilo of lentils produces just 0.9 kg. [5] Sobering.

#9: Meat exposes our bodies and communities to more antibiotics

Animal feed is regularly pumped with millions and millions of pounds worth of antibiotics which speeds up livestock growth cycles. This has the nasty consequence of contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria which is potentially helping to fuel the rise of deadly superbugs[6]. Not nice.

#10: Veganism is the natural extension to vegetarianism.

Trust me, I know, I was a vegetarian for over a decade! Then I learnt about the cruelty involved in the egg and dairy industries. If you’re vegetarian you’re already 75% of the way to a more compassionate lifestyle. You’ve done the hard bit already so take the next step and go vegan. I have absolute faith in you!

 

Are you thinking about making the change to becoming vegan? Let us know how it’s going on the comments, or tweet us @revival_collect

 

[1] http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/Y2809E/y2809e00.HTM

[2] http://www.clearskinforever.net/milk-acne-does-milk-cause-acne/

[3] http://www.govegan.org.uk/why-vegan/the-planet/

[4] http://www.govegan.org.uk/why-vegan/health-issues/

[5] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11761701/We-all-need-to-stop-eating-meat-now-and-this-is-why.html

[6] https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/colistin-resistance-spread/512705/

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