14 Reasons Why You Should Go Vegan

by Alena

People from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of professions and at all ages have been going vegan over the last couple of years. It seems like the world is waking up to the possibility of trading chronic diseases for compassion and longevity.

A couple of years ago, USA Today reported that nearly 50 percent of Americans are trying to cut down on meat, while approximately one-fifth of students are vegetarian, vegan, or trying to eat less meat. It’s definitely a topic that is trending these days – and for good reason apparently. But why should you go vegan?

Our diet is one of the most impactful parts of our lives. It determines whether we’re going to end up with certain diseases, which businesses make money off of us, and it’s a statement of how conscious we are. 

Did you know that each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life?

Simply put, we as consumers have tremendous power when we vote with our money – we can put whole industries out of business. But it goes far beyond the financial aspect.

Why Go Vegan?

You have probably heard about a couple of arguments that are made in favor of a vegan or a plant-based diet. It takes different reasons for different people to get motivated and start making some changes.

Whether you’re already on your way towards a plant-based vegan diet or just playing with the idea, here are 14 reasons to think about.

1. Lower your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Both of these conditions are amongst the most common chronic diseases in the Western world. And they are totally man-made! Nobody in this day and age (at least nobody with the privilege of having internet access) would need to suffer from either of them.

What’s the scariest part: The buildup of plaque in our arteries oftentimes starts incredibly early in life (around age 10).

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has been able to reverse even very bad cases of cardiovascular disease by feeding his patients a low-fat vegan diet and saved countless lives. It’s widely acknowledged, even by major health organizations, that animal products rich in saturated fat and cholesterol are a major contributor to both heart disease and diabetes.

The same diet that improves our arteries can also improve and even reverse type 2 diabetes

Closeup of woman dipping tortilla chip in veggies and sauce

2. Treat or reverse other current health conditions

Our health is our most valuable asset in life. Any chance to decrease our risk for disease and instead support our body’s healing mechanisms should be taken seriously. So many aspects of our health lie in our own hands!

More and more major health organizations are now stating that it’s healthy to eat a well-planned vegan diet during all stages of life – and that it’s even favorable to do so because vegans have lower rates of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes, and even Alzheimer’s.

A plant-based diet is often times even more effective than medication and surgery when it comes to these diseases! The WHO stated that processed meat is a carcinogen and that red meat probably is as well — most data seems to point in one direction.

3. Get and stay slim effortlessly

Vegans are the only group of people who average a normal and healthy BMI – the more animal products people eat, the higher their BMI. There are a couple of reasons for this! First, the fact that animal products do not contain any carbs and are, instead, higher in fat. Dietary fat has more calories and is a lot easier converted into body fat than calories from carbohydrates.

Also, the overall calorie density of animal products leads to people overeating on them while we can load up our plates with potatoes and veggies and stay lean. There are also growth-stimulating hormones naturally found in animal products that don’t help at all. So if you want to skip the starvation and counting calories, go for plants instead!

4. Show kindness and compassion to sentient beings

Even though for some people, the ethical argument for veganism isn’t as strong – it can never hurt to be kind. Sparing someone’s life is always the right thing to do, especially if that someone is completely innocent.

Unfortunately, there’s been a huge greenwashing campaign going on, initiated by the meat and dairy industry, in order to play with our conscience. Happy animals are shown on cartons and packages while the reality is a lot more sinister. There’s really nothing humane about animal farming or taking someone else’s life.

This doesn’t just go for meat products, though, because the dairy and egg industries are in the same niche working together in animal agriculture. Dairy cows are forcefully impregnated, their calves are taken away and killed shortly after, their milk is stolen and, after a few years, they end up as hamburger meat.

And you have probably heard about little chicks being shredded or gassed alive, if not just thrown away on top of each other in a huge garbage bin as if they were inanimate objects.

Several brown chickens being caged in a free range farm

5. Resources and world hunger

We’re not just thinking about the farm animals, of course. Humans all over the world have to suffer because of the huge demand for animal products. How? As of today, we would have enough food to feed 10 billion people, while only 7 billion are in this world.

But as it turns out, 50% of grains worldwide are being eaten by animals in the industries… while 82% of children living next to livestock are starving. The meat that’s produced in these areas is then being shipped to the 1st world in order for us to eat.  

Around 70% of the grain grown in the US alone is fed to livestock – that’s enough grain to feed 800 million people. At the same time, incredible amounts of water are being used to produce animal products. Being vegan could save up to 724,925 gallons of water per person each year. Think about how powerful this change could be for everyone!

6. Animal products are dirty

Every time you sit down to a meal containing meat, eggs, or dairy products, you’re dining on known bacteria, antibiotics, hormones, dioxins, and a host of other toxins that can cause serious health problems in humans.

An extremely high percentage of all the flesh butchered every year in the U.S. is contaminated with E. coli, campylobacter, listeria, or other dangerous bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts, flesh, and feces of animals.

They can cause food poisoning – there are 75 million cases each year, 5,000 of which are fatal. The USDA reports that 70% is caused by contaminated animal flesh. The abuse of pharmaceuticals in factory farms encouraged the evolution of new strains of antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria.

But that’s not the only danger associated with dosing animals raised for their flesh with antibiotics. Roxarsone, an antibiotic commonly used on factory farms, contains significant amounts of the most carcinogenic form of arsenic.

The hormones naturally found in animal products can cause cancer development, gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), and obesity. Even the label “organic” doesn’t do much here.

7. We have no need for animal products

The killing of farmed animals is unnecessary, and therefore a cruel act. We simply do it for pleasure and out of tradition. There is no proof, what so ever, that human beings must eat meat, dairy or eggs, in order to be healthy and thriving. Quite the opposite is the case.

It’s a learned behavior, we are taught which animals are okay to eat – nothing that you would need to show a true meat eater like a lion or a bear. These animals aren’t as picky and show very different behavior and instincts than we as humans.

Let’s not forget that we are not baby cows either who require the milk of their mothers and there’s no need to consume any other secretion besides our own mother’s milk past the first years of age. Needless to say, animals don’t want to die, they love and appreciate life.

Unfortunately, we just view them as “farm animals”, a faceless crowd without thinking of individuals with unique personalities and emotions – just like cats and dogs. Once we understand this connection and take appropriate steps, we can finally align our actions with our morals.

Woman standing in forest, looking sideways, with the sun in the background

8. Save the environment and stop climate change

Around 18-51 percent (depending on the calculation and source) of man-made pollution comes from the meat industry, putting factory farming ahead of transportation in contributing to the greenhouse effect.

What’s more, it takes about 40 calories of fossil-fuel energy to create every one calorie of feed-lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 calories of energy needed to create plant proteins).

1 pound of hamburger meat equals 75 kg CO2 emission which is about the same as using your car for 3 weeks (at an average CO2 emission of 3 kg per day). And the wild animals have to suffer the consequences as well – the current mass extinction of species is impacting 86% of all mammals, 88% of amphibians, and 86% of all birds.

Many of them are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. It is very possible that we could see fishless oceans by the year 2048. 

9. Try amazing new dishes

Have you ever had a Buddha bowl? How about a delicious quinoa salad or black bean burgers? There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world, of which somewhere between 150 and 200 have been domesticated and farmed.

You probably haven’t tried even half of them yet! Looking out for delicious new recipes broadens your horizon, your taste buds, and lets you discover delicious and healthful dishes you wouldn’t have thought of in the beginning.

You don’t have to cut back on taste at all here: Vegan chefs took home the trophy at the 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational with a nondairy cheese winner, and vegan bakers have dominated the butter-and-egg fest that is Cupcake Wars twice.

The key is in finding the right replacements (like applesauce or bananas instead of eggs) or using recipes without any animal products at all.

10. Improve your fitness

Most people fear a loss of energy or muscle mass when abstaining from animal products – but quite the opposite is true. Meat and dairy are especially hard to digest, taking much of your energy and leaving you tired.

Adopting a vegan diet does in no way hinder you from reaching your fitness goals and might likely give you a nice boost of added energy and strength. As vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke says: “No matter what sport you’re involved in and no matter the level of performance you’re shooting for, you get the best nutrition and plenty of protein from a whole food, plant-based diet.”

You don’t even have to watch your protein intake very much – all whole plant foods contain protein, and it’s of great quality, too. The 40-50 grams you need per day can easily be met by eating green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts or seeds. Rice is 8% protein, corn 11%, oatmeal 15%, and beans 27%.

It’s also so much easier to build lean muscle on this type of diet and you don’t have to go into the whole “bulking and cutting” stuff. Plant protein comes with so much less fat than animal products. You’ll just be shredded all year!

Afro American woman ties her running shoes

11. Better skin and digestion

Believe it or not, these two issues are actually connected. For most people with acne-prone skin, dairy is one of the worst offenders. Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of this issue and tend to prescribe medication and harsh chemicals in order to improve skin health.

The secret lies in what we eat, though! Getting rid of fatty foods (including all animal products, oils, and maybe even nuts and seeds) has been shown to reduce acne.

Water-rich fruits and vegetables can give your skin an additional boost in health due to their high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Their fiber helps with getting better digestion and elimination of toxins which, in turn, clears up your skin even more.

Having trouble with digestion is probably one of the most uncomfortable feelings ever! Here’s a thorough guide on how to get it back on track.

Going Dairy-Free (Beginners Guide)

12. Boost your mood

When you cut out animal products, you automatically abstain from all the stress hormones these animals produced on their way to slaughter, until the very last second. This alone can have a significant impact on your mood and stability. But that’s not all.

We’ve known that people eating plant-based tend to have healthier mood states—less tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and fatigue. This is due to the higher level of antioxidants in plant-based foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.

Especially when combined with eating a diet low in fats and protein, this may have beneficial effects on psychological wellbeing.

Healthful carbohydrate-rich foods, including brown rice, steel-cut oats, and rye bread, help regulate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is important for controlling our mood. In the evolving landscape of neurological research, a plant-based diet may help in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

13. Save lots of money

Vegan diets can be extremely economical. When you center your diet around grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and seasonal fruits and veggies, you might be cutting your monthly food expense in half. Many of these foods can be bought in bulk and stored for a long time.

Eating like this could mean that you spend less in a day than you would just grabbing a sandwich or double cheeseburger on the go. There are a lot of great options for eating vegan on a budget. But that’s not all! Since healthy plant-based diets can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases, you will have to spend way less money on doctor’s visits and medication.

five homemade buffalo cauliflower tacos being drizzled with vegan ranch

14. It’s never been so easy

You might not be aware of this but many supermarket foods are already vegan, including dark chocolate, Oreos, Twizzlers, Kraft Taco Bell Taco Dinner, as well as many sauces and mixes.

There are also lots of different plant-based milk options, coconut ice creams, mock meats, and more! This change in culinary preferences of the consumers is revealing itself through data — the market for non-dairy products is skyrocketing and meat alternatives sales are expected to reach $5 Billion by 2020. 

But not only supermarkets carry a host of delicious vegan foods in this day and age. More and more restaurants offer vegan options, too! No matter if you want to go to a fast-food chain, a diner chain, or an ethnic restaurant – there are so many dishes you can choose from these days that you will be positively surprised.

Best Vegan Burger Recipe

Free Vegan Transition eCourse

Ease into it by taking your first steps. If you want to hop on the train and commit yourself to try this diet and lifestyle, feel free to join our free 6-part online course in order to learn about the essentials. What you will find there:

  • List of foods to eat and avoid
  • Vegan nutrition basics
  • Easy food swaps
  • A lovely community of people who are on the same journey
  • Access to our private Facebook group
  • Personal emails from us to help you out
  • A full 3-day meal plan with a grocery list
  • Common questions answered
  • Tips for starting and staying on this diet
Go To The Free Vegan Transition Course

Are you looking to start or transition to a vegan diet? Which are the main reasons for it and what is holding you back the most? Let us know in the comments below.

Alena sitting in a cafe with a bowl of fresh plant-based food and a glass of coffee in front of her

About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

50 thoughts on “14 Reasons Why You Should Go Vegan”

  1. All excellent points. It’s interesting that while I never considered myself a vegan, the net result of my decision to adopt a whole food plant based lifestyle is essentially the same. I’ve been doing this for 5 years now and don’t regret a single day. I came to my decision because my health. I was/am not sick but I wanted to experience a higher level of physical vitality that I believed this lifestyle could help me achieve. I’m happy to say, it has been and continues to be an amazing ride.

    Other than reading online what other people are doing, I don’t get a chance in real life to interact with many people like those that visit this site. I’m always curious as to what it was that brought individuals to this point (i.e., adopting a vegan or plant-based lifestyle).

    Great post and a great way to start 2017!

    • Hey Jeffrey,
      thanks for your awesome comment! I love how your striving for great health has brought you to a plant-based diet and maybe to veganism as well. This lifestyle includes not buying any animal products, such as wool, leather, silk, fur or cosmetics tested on animals as well. Vegans also don’t ride horses or elephants and don’t go to the zoo. None of these things have to do with health but rather the greater ethical concept of not using or owning other beings, no unnecessary harming. We love living and eating this way since it feels great and is very much in tune with our morals :)
      Feel free to join our facebook group if you’d like to get more online communication!
      Hope this finds you well,

  2. Hello Alena

    I’m not a vegan, but I’ve been struggling with stomach problems and oily skin from eating too much dairy. I’m working towards cutting down on it, and focusing on a plant-based diet. So much of health depends upon what you eat. I’m incorporating more soups and fresh veg. My father has high blood pressure, so that’s one huge reason to be careful of what I eat, as I understand that hypertension can be inherited.

    • Hi Deborah,
      thanks for your comment! I’ve seen so many people’s skin get better on an oil-free plant-based diet. Just check out the story of these twins: https://www.forksoverknives.com/how-we-cured-our-cystic-acne-with-diet/
      Dairy is a great first food to be cutting out. I’d argue that it’s worse for you (and the animals) than most meats but then again, I’m no health expert. Check out Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn or Dr. Kim Williams (both cardiologists) for great tips on what to eat to prevent & even REVERSE heart disease.
      Wishing you & your family all the best!

  3. Tiger Wallpaper
    hi ! i am a 14 years old going vegan. i am already vegetarian not in order to lose weight or anything like that, i just dont like the taste of meat since the day i was born. i loooove pancakes and i always put honey as a topping but as a vegan can i still eat honey? and if not is there anything i can replace it with? greetings from tunisia

    • Hi there,
      awesome to know you’re trying to go vegan! Take it step by step and try having your pancakes with maple syrup or agave nectar. There’s even coconut syrup and other plant-based sweeteners out there, not sure what you can find in Tunisia, though.
      Honey is an animal product – we’ll soon write an article on it to let you know more about the implications. It’s your choice whether or not you want to cut it out!
      Hope this helps.
      – Alena

  4. These are all excellent points. Veganism is more than a diet, but it’s the easiest way to start. Benefits are abundant, not just for your health, but for the environment, animals, and future generations. Whole new world of tastes, textures and recipes open up to you. It is absolutely positive life change. As a long time vegan I can attest to this. What I like to point out to my friends who are considering veganism or vegetarianism is to not get discouraged if they don’t succeed at first try. There’s no right or wrong way to go vegan, so don’t be afraid to try a few strategies, find out what works for you.

  5. Stopped eating meets weeks ago, same with eggs. Followed with replacing cow milk with plant-based one (I have them all until I found out about Hemp milk), also replaced yogurts with non-dairy once. Cutting on more stuff every week. Your writings are very inspirational, and useful. Thank you for doing that all!

    • Hey Lucy,
      thanks so much for your comment! How inspiring to see you make these changes. Wonderful to know that our work has been useful to you :)
      Let us know if you ever need more support!
      Best wishes,

  6. Hey Alena,
    I’m sixteen years old and have been, for the past month, slowly transitioning to the average Vegan diet. The one thing that has been holding me back, however, is my cautious mother who wishes to know more about the lifestyle and what it can provide for me. In particular, she is concerned about protein and certain elements that can ‘only’ be gotten through either meat or supplements. She does not want me to be reliant on supplements and fears that my health may be at risk in fully transitioning. Are there any tips/advice/sources in which I can give her to help and persuade her? Thank you in advance for any advice you might have to give on the subject!

    • Dear Emma,
      thanks so much for reaching out! Wonderful that you’ve come to the conclusion that you would like to follow a vegan diet. I can understand that your mother is a little concerned because we’re all trained to believe how essential animal products are… the truth is that we’re far better off without them. No essential nutrient is found in meat, dairy, or eggs that we cannot get from plants – with the exception of vitamin B12 which isn’t made by animals, but by bacteria. Nowadays, livestock is being supplemented with this vitamin as well and you’re probably getting it in this “synthetic” form one way or the other. Some foods are also fortified with B12. Around 40% of the population is low on this nutrient and pretty much everyone eats animal products, so you tell me… here’s more on that: http://nutriciously.com/how-much-b12-should-i-take/
      Protein actually comes from plants (amino acids, that is), that’s how cows or giraffes or elephants get it too and they seem to be growing strong, right… more on that here: http://nutriciously.com/plant-based-protein/
      And I thought you might also like this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqdeEMBXZck
      If she’s into scientific proof, show her this paper: https://www.andeal.org/vault/2440/web/JADA_VEG.pdf It states “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
      Both Lars and I have been vegetarian since we were 6 and vegan for 6 years now :)
      Feel free to email us if you need more support!
      Best wishes,

  7. Hi there, I have been wanting to be a vegan for a while now. I think there is a great effect and impact on the world switching to a vegan diet. My only problem is I have always liked meat and cheese. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do? Thank you. :)

    • Hi Maya,
      thanks for getting in touch. Here are my thoughts on your situation:
      1. Learn and remember why it’s actually kind of disgusting to eat these animal products. Watch some footage to really understand how they are made etc. They won’t seem so appealing to you anymore.
      2. Get some vegan mock meats and nut cheeses (you can also make them yourself) and get used to them over time as a replacement. I understand they are not exactly the same but they can do the job. You can use these products to crowd out the animal-based foods.
      3. Stick it out, taste buds actually change :) It’s not like foods that are not meat or cheese aren’t tasty, right? Many people say they lose their taste for something when not eating it for a while. You kind of crave what you’re used to eating.
      Hope this helps! You can do it x

  8. As the son of a dairy farmer, (and I’m a farm worker) what do you think these farms are going to do when everyone goes vegan and there is no profit in farming anymore? NGO’s won’t have enough funding, chickens, hens, sheep etc will all eventually be taken out by foxes and other predators, and what will my father and I go do for work? And all the people working that make cheese, milk, yogurts etc…. Think about the people and the animals when switching to a vegan diet… farmers are NOT harming the animals… Animal abuse is a COMPLETELY different topic, animal abuse is when farmers aren’t feeding cows properly etc… The majority do feed them properly though because that’s their JOB… So think about the employers, workers and that the animals are actually being LOOKED AFTER. By the way, I heard a recent statistic that you need to eat 63 brussell sprouts to get the same amount of protein as is in a glass of milk, and I’ve heard vegans are using brussell sprouts as a replacement for protein, which obviously isn’t healthy. So what about 14 reasons NOT TO GO VEGAN?????

    • Hi Sean,
      some other people replied to this below which you can check out – here are some of my thoughts!
      1. Eating animal products, no matter how the creatures were treated, is worse for the environment than eating only plants.
      2. Even animals that are being looked after are forcibly impregnated and end up being killed unnecessarily. That’s what I would call abuse, we don’t need to look at factory farming for that.
      3. Just because someone earns money doing something that’s unethical doesn’t make it right to do so. As the demand for plant-based products increases, those in the animal agriculture can shift also and create what people are demanding (breeding fewer animals into existence, those who would be left at the end could end up in sanctuaries). Happened when we abolished slavery or got machines/computers to do certain jobs for us. We will get through this one as well :)
      4. You can easily get your 50-60g of protein per day by just eating grains, legumes, and some veggies. Nobody would want to meet their requirements by munching on Brussell’s sprouts. Do you know more people with protein deficiency or heart disease? And you need to eat 0 grams of animal protein to stay under the safe amount of dietary cholesterol.
      Cheers, maybe you think about these points or research on them on your own. Nobody is forcing you to change anything, that’s all on you :)

  9. I started my vegan diet about a month and a half ago and i have been vegetarian for two years. It is so inspiring and motivating for me to see posts like this and further justifying my choice to get all animal products out of my life. I have loved being a part of the vegan community. Any suggestions for the best vegan fast food options? :)

  10. maybe just make dairy free yogurts, milk, and cheese, because if everyone goes vegan we’ll be needing more of those types of products so you’ve still got a job! :)

  11. I am thinking about to started my vegan diet in next week. Hope so your tips are help me about this. And i will keep following your site from now. Thanks for the sharing such a informative article.

    • That’s wonderful to hear, Debbie! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know – we have lots of free resources here on the website. You can also join our Facebook support group or reach out via email if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed :)

  12. I have been a vegetarian for almost 13 years with the exception of gelatin (I’ve stopped eating that a couple of weeks ago,) and I would like to go vegan or at least lacto-vegetarian. Two problems.
    1) vegetarian parents that think cheese is a god or something
    2) me being a baker and having a love for sweets (cake, cookies have eggs)
    Any ways for me to substitute/ convince my parents?
    Oh, also, my dogs aren’t vegetarian (duh) so do you know of any dog food that cuts down on meat? Sorry that was stupid.

  13. My husband has a severe nut (peanut and all tree nuts) allergy. What are some alternatives to nuts if I must live in a nut free environment?


  14. I had no idea that vegans are the only people who consistently average a normal BMI. I think that vegan cooking is a great way to improve the overall quality of your health and your life. My wife and I want to find a vegan food cooking class, so we’ll be sure to do some digging in order to find one that fits in with our schedules.

  15. Hello Alena,
    I’ve been thinking of going vegan for some time now. I don’t really have any support about it because I come from a community of hunter’s and religiously meat eaters. After reading many articles and watching videos I’m still coming to the same conclusion; this is expensive for someone with a low LOW budget. For example, people who get food-boxes to support their families. Normally, I would just wait until it’s more convenient for me to be able to switch over but the guilt is very much getting to me. I was at a friend’s house and he had made burgers, I literally couldn’t take a bite and kept thinking about the poor animals and starving children who could have better opportunity for food. This is making it extremely difficult to eat anything that is available for me and it is all becoming exceedingly harder. Any advice?

  16. Having been on a bachelor party to Vegas in March with 8 guys 2 of which are vegan I made the change myself.

    So much of what the 2 guys taught me and spoke about made so much sense that I thought I’d try it. I had been struggling with digestion for a couple of years and it seemed a logical choice.

    I went all in from the word go and haven’t looked back. I felt much healthier in 3 days and after 3 months I know this is the life style for me. I would encourage everyone to at least try it, even if for just certain days a week. The difference it makes to your body is incredible and he benefits just keep coming.

    Give it 20 years and half the world will be vegan and hopefully we will see the benefits to our planet.

    Good luck all

  17. I never knew that there are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world! My husband and I have been thinking of converting to a vegan diet since our current dietary habits are causing us some health issues, and we need to be more mindful about what we’re putting in our bodies. Hopefully we can find some great dishes to help make the transition smoother!

  18. What type of milk you you give a baby after he turns a year old? Typically pediatricians say cows milk after a baby turns a year. What would be a good alternative for bone, brain development?

  19. Hello Alena,

    I’m a Vegan who relapsed into eating dairy and even some animals again. I feel awful about it. It does not sit well with my soul.
    I am returning to veganism and I have to make sure I get the right amount of amino acids, calcium and proteins.
    Is there a Vegan eating book or guide, you have found helpful, in order to make sure I get what I need, at this crucial age of fifty-three? –Through my vegan food choices.
    Also, do you guys use supplements?

    Thank you.
    Peace, Wave

  20. Hey Alena you used this statement, “Did you know that each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life?” i want to use it in my dissertation, i was wondering if you had any sources linking where you found this out? Thanks!

  21. Wow – this is one of the most compelling ‘why vegan’ pages I have ever read. I am trying to write my own for my blog right now and it is a challenge. Not because of lack of facts, but because I am having trouble making the facts into meaningful dialogue instead of just bullet pointed sources. Your post did such a good job of this. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • awww thanks so much for the kind feedback! Yes, that’s the challenge, isn’t it – communicating in a clear, motivating and straight-forward tone. Hope we achieved that :)

  22. I’m doing a paper for school about going vegan to become more healthy and eco friendly, and this paper has honestly opened my eyes and helped me tremendously. After reading this, it’s safe to say I’m dropping meat and eating a whole lotta oatmeal instead. Thank you for the wise words!

  23. I studied environmental science in Uni, and, unfortunately, there is…a lot of incomplete/inaccurate information here. :/

    Like… a looooooot.

  24. Tantas y tantas razones para ser vegano..los sabios antiguos tenían una regla o base moral muy profunda y bella “devoción a la vida y respeto a todo lo que tiene vida”…con solo este principio comprendido y aplicado por todos..que mundo tan diferente tendríamos saludos a todos los veganos del mundo

  25. además de la crueldad con los animales y daños al medio ambiente…que bueno es evitar alimentos cochinos y podridos que generan tóxicos muy potentes como purinas. parvolinas, neurinas etc.


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