The more appropriate question is, “why not be vegan?” In other words, make the case for reasons why one should not be a vegan. In attempting to make such a case I sincerely doubt that it would be a strong one especially since such a diet has been around since the dawn of man. More than that I am a walking text book about all the reasons for why not being a vegan makes no sense. The way I see it the reasons for being a vegan far outweigh the reasons for not being a vegan especially with regards to the benefits associated with it. Just to name a few some of the benefits include:
- Have more energy
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Less need for medication
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure:
- Lower body mass index
- Lower risk of osteoporosis
- Longer life span
- Reduces saturated fats
- Increased intake of fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, protein and phytochemicals
- Helps with weight loss
- Improved digestion
- Hormone-free eating
- Healthy amino acids
- Healthy skin
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
Now with a list of benefits as impressive as this what is the motivation for not being a vegan. After all, the short list of benefits of a meat-based diet can’t hold a candle to this one. In fact, it offers far more disadvantages than advantages. However, the question at hand is, “why be vegan” and I must admit that providing a simple answer to this question is proving to be quite challenging. When I think of all the reasons and all the passion that I feel for being a vegan so many words tend to come to mind.
Nonetheless, I will try to articulate my feelings and thoughts on the matter as best as I can. The short answer is that being a vegan offers one a deliciously abundant life filled with health, wellness and vitality. In my book these are all first-rate reasons for leading such a lifestyle so as a vegan I feel that I am a first-rate being living a first-class lifestyle. I know that I deserve the best so why not be the best? Being a vegan is just that, the best. Having lived life as a meat-eater and a vegan I’d have to say that my life as a vegan has been unsurpassed and far beyond anything than I could have ever imagined. That alone is reason enough for me to be a vegan.
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By Amirah Bellamy