Why you should go vegan

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by Kiara Torres

Veganism is a lifestyle that consists of not consuming dairy, eggs, meat, honey, or fish. Within the past year, it has become known as a trendy diet and lifestyle, with pleasing vegan dishes all over social media, making you wonder if the switch is worth it.

Firstly, the benefits of veganism outweigh the negatives. Your health will improve, feel less guilty about what you eat, contribute less to your carbon footprint, and adapt a healthier diet with ease.

Animal products are high in fat, sodium, and calories. Due to social and cultural impacts, people have been conditioned to believe these are necessary for a healthy diets according to the Human Ecology Review. However, it is far from true as the impact of animal products enforces that society does not have an easy way to stop consuming them.

Perhaps, dairy products are not as nutritious as many believe them to be. According to Genetics Home Reference, 65 percent of the human population is allergic to dairy and most people do not even realize they have the sensitivity. Those who are lactose intolerant experience nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea when they consume any form of dairy. Additionally, dairy can be the root of skin conditions like acne and eczema.

Meanwhile, one of the leading causes of global warming is animal agriculture. According to Skeptical Science, animal agriculture is responsible for six percent of greenhouse gases in the United States. More importantly, cattle can produce methane which is more potent than carbon dioxide and livestock is responsible for 37 percent of human caused emission according to Skeptical Science. Environmentally, veganism must be adopted in order to preserve the wellbeing of our planet.

Although transitioning to be vegan can be hard, there is simple things you can do to get closer to your final goal of consuming less animal products. Not only would you be helping animals in brutal farming conditions, but as well eat a better diet consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables.

To do this, slowly eliminate meat, then fish, and finally eggs and dairy in order to slowly get a grasp on what works and does not work with your own lifestyle. Meat can be replaced with vegan substitutes which can be helpful but should not be a long-term replacement for meat due to the fact they are processed and contain high levels of estrogen. Instead, natural and fresh ingredients should be used like mushrooms, legumes, or beans to replace meat.

Overall, veganism is a lifestyle that influences you to follow a healthy diet, be aware of where your food comes from, lessens the harsh punishment of animals, and decreases the need for animal agriculture. Although veganism can be difficult, I suggest you try it out for yourself.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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