If a vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous nutrition is healthiest, it is difficult to prove. This is because there are many factors besides nutrition that influence your health, e.g. smoking, genetics, sport or stress.
It is a definite fact, and proved several times over, that vegetarian and vegan people are healthier. This can be attributed to their eating habits, though they generally take more care of their health. Mostly they have a well balanced nutrition, do exercise and don’t smoke.
It is also a fact that too high of a meat consumption and the consumption of dairy products is unhealthy. That is why people in countries with a high meat and dairy consumption suffer significantly higher of the so-called “civilization diseases” (e.g. obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart problems and cancer). This is because meat and especially dairy causes the blood in your body to become acidic. One of the effects of an acidic blood level is that your arteries become clogged. This can lead to a heart attack. Meat that comes from a mass production facility is always unhealthy because it contains cancer causing antibiotics, pesticides and fungicides.
A vegan or vegetarian diet is not necessarily healthier than an omnivorous one. A one-sided diet – no matter if with meat or vegan – can lead to deficiencies. If you eat organic meat once a month, it’s not likely that you will drop dead. Despite that, it doesn’t prove that a vegan diet is unhealthy. Many studies, e.g. the China study, but also numerous others show that it is in fact healthier. There are no comparable studies which prove the opposite. Furthermore, you always have to keep in mind that the dairy and meat industry have strong lobbyist backing and use money to pay scientists to say that milk and meat is healthy.
I really recommend that you watch the documentary “Forks over Knives” that basically talks about the China Study.
As you can see, a lot of arguments speak for the fact that a vegan diet is very healthy, if not the healthiest form of diet.
But no matter if healthy or less healthy: everyone is different and I can only speak for myself. I personally find being vegan simply awesome! 😉 Since I began leading a vegan lifestyle I’ve been feeling healthier, more active and much happier! Regarding health, I can say the most noticeable changes are in my digestion, skin clarity and how I feel after a meal (no fatigue). I have also developed a true passion for cooking since changing my diet. Previously, my taste buds were partly fucked up from all the industrial fast food. Now, I love eating healthy and enjoy food like I never have before. Sometimes I get cravings for vegetables and fruits that I have never had before! Since you have to read the ingredient list to check if a product is vegan, you gain a distinctive feeling for foods. Sometimes you notice what kind of shit is contained in some products, you are more conscious about product choice and you therefore feed yourself healthier food.
To be honest, I could rave on about this for a while, but the best is: Just try it out for yourself. Everyone should experience how happy this small change, along with a more conscious life, can make you. It is so much more than the simple pleasure of food. Somehow, you feel in harmony with yourself, nature, animals and people.
Well, these have been the four main reasons that speak for a vegan lifestyle. What you do with them is entirely up to you! No matter if you change something in your life or not, I think it is important for you to know why people decide to become vegan; and to accept and tolerate people that do so. That is why I wanted to write these arguments as a foundation for my blog. So now it’s out 🙂 Soon there will be more practical blog entries to come, e.g. product tips, recipes, advice etc.
What I’d really like to find out: Was there something in my “Why vegan?“ posts that really surprised you? Maybe something that you didn’t know before? If you already lead a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle: what kinds of changes did you experience in your transition from an omnivorous one?