Is Going Vegan Going Crazy?

If you are not familiar with the vegan lifestyle and happen to meet someone who is seriously adapted to it, his or her way of living might sound a bit crazy to you. Perri Blumberg has put up a great list of 11 reasons why going vegan is not crazy at all. After going through his list you will have a clear understanding about the vegan lifestyle. He also makes sure to debunk the fact from the fiction.

“So what’s going vegan?

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what it really means to be a vegan. The veganism philosophy can extend beyond the plate (“I won’t eat anything that has a bladder or a mother”) to not wearing animal products (leather, suede, fur, wool, silk, feathers), and avoiding products with animal ingredients or testing (“cruelty-free” labels). Here, we debunk the fact from fiction.

Even eating vegan part-time can benefit your health.

Vegans and those who avoid animal products (even part of the day, or part of the week) often have low rates of obesity, and on average weigh 5 to 20 percent less than meat eaters. Vegetarian diets on the whole are linked to lower BMIs, reduced risk of type II diabetes and lower incidents of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables lower rates of certain cancers, especially colon cancer.

You’ll get enough protein from plants.
According to traditional dietary standards, a 140-pound woman should have 50 grams of protein a day, and for a vegan that might come from a cup each of cooked spinach (5 grams), lentils (18 grams), and tempeh (a soy product with 41 grams). (You can find more suggestions from the Vegetarian Resource Group.)

In fact, large-scale research like The China Study have revealed that too much protein, namely animal protein, is harmful for your health. Other research shows that excess protein in your body can strain your kidneys or cling as fat.

Vegan recipes are cheap, plentiful, and tasty.
Vegan diets can be extremely economical. Many vegans center their diet around grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, all of which can be purchased cheaply in bulk. Buying in-season veggies and fruits is quite easy on your wallet. Eating Vegan on $4 A Day outlines an entire day’s-worth of nutritionally-complete, delicious meals that cost less than a take-out sandwich or double cheeseburger dinner.”

To read the rest of the article, check it out on the original source over at Perri Blumberg.


  1. Carly Stringer Reply

    I think they’re trying to get veganism to appeal to the people who aren’t particularly interested in animal rights. By talking about it from a purely health related angle it can appeal to people who otherwise wouldn’t consider veganism. I think more people should see it like this anyway, it’s a much healthier way to live.

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