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Longevity, Anyone? Top 20 Reasons to Go Vegan During World Vegan Month
Yes, November is a long ways away. But as you begin to plan your Thanksgiving side dishes or Halloween party treats, why not read over some of these reasons why you should consider trying veganism. I'm not saying try living this way for the rest of your life (heck, I even use honey or butter!) but just give it a go, you probably won't regret it. 1. Eating processed meat increases the risk of death from heart disease by 72 percent. 2. Animal products contain cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease, whereas a vegan diet is cholesterol-free! 3. Men who eat 2.5 eggs or more a week have an 81 percent greater chance of developing lethal prostate cancer than those who eat fewer than .5 eggs a week. 4. People who regularly eat processed or red meat are up to 50 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than individuals who avoid these foods altogether. 5. Vegans have 34 percent fewer incidences of female-specific cancers, like breast, cervical and ovarian cancer. 6. Dairy consumption can trigger acne. 7. Cow's milk has been shown to can leech calcium from your bones. 8. About 60 percent of adults can't digest milk. 9. Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk -- 90 grams per serving -- and is better absorbed. 10. Vegans have lower rates of obesity and weigh 5 to 20 pounds less than meat eaters. 11. One in three American children is overweight or obese. A vegan diet, high in fiber, low in fat, cholesterol free, and rich with vitamins and minerals, is an excellent choice for healthy children. 12. A vegan diet has been shown to help treat Type 2 diabetes for many diagnosed with the disease. 13. Our daily protein requirement can easily be met with high protein legumes, nuts, seeds, grains and even leafy vegetables. 14. A study led by Dean Ornish, M.D., showed telomeres, DNA-protein complexes that are markers of health and longevity, were elongated among men who adopted a low-fat, plant-based diet. 15. Omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil are good for you, but are plentiful in plant sources such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, and seaweeds. 16. Worried about B-12 in a vegan diet? Adding fortified foods like breakfast cereals, non-dairy milk, and nutritional yeast make it easy to get the recommended daily intake. 17. Go vegan for a healthy mind as well! Vegans have lower incidences of anxiety and depression than meat eaters. 18. There is a strong correlation between Alzheimer's disease and the consumption of meat and dairy. 19. Antibiotics used on factory farmed animals are creating life threatening "superbugs." About 80 percent of U.S. antibiotics are used to keep farmed animals alive in crowded filthy conditions. Bacteria are evolving to resist these antibiotics, leading to new antibiotic-resistant infections. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 2 million people get sick and at least 23,000 die as a result. 20. The USDA is piloting a program at pig slaughterhouses that speeds up kill lines by 20 percent while halving the number of inspectors. The result? Whole chunks of feces made it to the end of the processing line before being caught by inspectors.
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