Here's Why We May All Eventually Go Vegan

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Aside from the many healing and health benefits of going vegan, this is the only way of living that can save animals, our health and the health of the planet. As chronic illness and disease increases, it is highly likely that more people will chose to recognize the size and impact of poor living habits on this planet and turn to veganism as a way of life.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions. What is more, in 2015, more than 37% of adolescents and 40% of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 39% of adolescents and 22% of adults said they ate vegetables less than once a day.

Sixty-three percent of all deaths globally in 2008 were due to non-communicable chronic diseases and conditions, such as certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes type 2, says the World Health Organization. Poor diets are major contributory factors in all of them.

Dodge Disease With Better Habits

Health risk behaviors are unhealthy behaviors you can change. Four of these health risk behaviors—lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol—cause many of the illness, suffering, and early death exacerbate chronic diseases and conditions.

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Plant-based Diets Heal Most Diseases

Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods are associated with lower incidents of chronic disease. Recent discoveries in nutritional genomics now explain how plant-based diets are effective at warding off disease.

“Bioactive compounds in plant foods play a role in controlling genetic and other biological factors that lead to chronic disease. For example, antioxidants in plant foods counter free radicals that can cause chronic inflammation and damage cells. And other plant compounds help control a gene linked to cardiovascular disease and plaque buildup in arteries and the genes and other cellular components responsible for forming and sustaining tumors.”

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Your Pantry Is Your Medicine Cabinet

William W. Li, M.D., President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, Mass., says all consumers should look at their diets as if food is the medicine necessary to maintain healthy, disease-free lives. "Prevention is always better than a cure," said Li. Foods that may help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases include artichokes, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, lentils, olives, pumpkin, rosemary, thyme, watercress, and more. For a more comprehensive list of medicinal foods, read "The Chronic Disease Food Remedy" in the October 2012 issue of Food Technology.”

The Dietary Landscape Is Changing

Because of its health benefits for both the human body and the environment, veganism is becoming the go-to diet for ultimate impact. Recently, the Nutrition Business Journal released its 2015 Special Diets Report. It outlined many of the different dietary preferences in the U.S. and uncovered some surprising statistics about veganism and its increasing relevance in the marketplace. Eric Pierce, Director of Strategy & Insights, NEXT Trend, helped create the report, and he believes there’s been a definite shift in the perception of a vegan lifestyle.

“I think, what I see from doing some brief consumer surveys, is generally a changing in the perception or the stereotype of vegans,” Pierce told Latest Vegan News.

Vegan Diets More Sustainable

Eat less meat, not only saves animals, it has a huge positive impact on the planet. "Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change", a UN report says.

"As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management."

Soon We Will All Be Vegan

The more chronically ill we become as a nation, the more food eliminations we will have to make to heal. Ultimately, this will lead us toward eating a more vegan, or at the very least, plant-based diet. As the environment continues to deteriorate and as we collectively become more aware of the impact, many will turn to veganism to save it. That being said, a vegan diet is the only diet that seems to be most effective in healing chronic disease as well as lowering your carbon footprint on the environment.

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