Essay on Benefits Of Becoming A Vegan

1107 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Veganism According to Merriam-Webster, the simple definition of veganism is “a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather)”. Obviously, that is a massive commitment and a huge lifestyle change. The decision to convert to veganism isn’t an easy one to make, and it should be made with extreme deliberation and thought. When considering becoming a vegan you should think about the benefits, how to make the transition, and also the downsides to the lifestyle, to see if it is a right fit for you. There are many benefits of becoming a vegan. Many people adapt veganism as a regimen for a healthy lifestyle. A vegan diet promotes healthy weight, which is why so many people go down this path when other diets aren’t working for them. According to a peer-reviewed 2003 Oxford University study of 37,875 healthy men and women aged 20-97, 5.4% of meat eaters were obese compared to 3% of vegetarians. Meat eaters had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) 8.3% higher than vegetarians (EA Spencer, et al). And that study just looked at vegetarians, BMI’s are typically even lower in vegans. Another way vegans are healthier is they are much less likely to contract a foodborne illness, since the bacteria that causes it typically resides in meat and dairy products. Also, these animal products are typically laden with added hormones and chemicals, it is a more natural and much less processed way of life. Another added benefit…

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