What To Say To The Vegan-Shamer In Your Life
Vegan-shamers love to let you know their unsolicited opinion. They often do this by shaming your lifestyle and diet choices or by taunting you with their diet. A vegan-shamer may tell you that your impact on the environment is minimal. By knowing the facts about the ever popular vegan movement, as well as seeing the impact of the many others who have embarked on this journey, you can dominate vegan-shaming with positivity and knowledge.
Everyone knows a vegan-shamer –-the well-meaning, family member or friend who lectures you about where you should get your protein. According to the vegan-shamer, you are malnourished, eating too much sugar, and too skinny -- and you are headed down the road of deficiency and poor health. The vegan-shamer is full of fear – they fear fruit, and at some small level, they fear the change your beliefs and your advocacy may bring. Shaming others is also a way shamers get you to do what they want, but when you are armed with the truth about the healthful benefits of avoiding animal products, you’ve got some valuable rebuttals to their arguments.
1. More And More People Are Going Vegan
Where at one time going vegan sounded like an outlandish plan to some, veganism is growing rapidly around and the world. An astounding six percent of Americans are vegan from one percent in 2014 according to Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017, a highly regarded industry report.
The report shows the explosion in veganism over the last 3 years. It also highlights a growing awareness of the impact of meat consumption among consumers who are increasingly looking for more ethically produced and environmentally sustainable food.
The “Vegetarianism in America” study published by Vegetarian Times showed that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all.
2. More Meat Eaters Are Likely To Die Of 9 Diseases Than Vegans
In the largest study so far to link the consumption of both processed and unprocessed red meat to an increase in death rates, research published in the British Medical Journal has found that those who ate the most red meat were 26 percent more likely to die of nine diseases, compared with those who consumed the least. These diseases are cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, infections, Alzheimer's, and diseases of the kidneys, heart, respiratory tract, and liver, and are all linked to red meat consumption.
3. Vegan blood is 8 times more protective against cancer.
A study published in the Journal of Urology looked at blood taken from those eating a vegan diet and compared it to those eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D). The research found that only plant-based vegans can gain the most cancer-fighting benefits for their lifestyle choices, according to this latest research. The research also showed that the blood from the vegans, who had been following a plant-based diet for at least a year, were much more effective at stopping cancer cell growth. Other stress management strategies used in the study included yoga, but diet mattered most.
4. Vegans Really Are Saving Animals
Since vegans eat no animals, each vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year according to PETA. What is more, the total number of land animals killed and eaten by Americans decreased by 300 million between 2008 and 2009 and by 600 million between 2006 and 2009. Americans also ate 500 million fewer fish in 2009 than in 2008.
7.3 Million Vegans Can't Be Wrong
If there are three things to know about dealing with a vegan-shamer it is this:
Don’t let the opinions of others deter your efforts.
Do not take a vegan-shamer personally.Their judgments are a reflection of them.
Do not let biased opinions deter your health and environmental advocacy efforts.
Avoiding nine diseases, having blood that is 8 times more protective against cancer, saving the environment and living cruelty-free is admirable. The important thing is that you feel good about your choices and what you're eating as well as the impact you are making on the planet. You are creating a positive change in the world, and while that may seem scary to others who are less informed. Stay safe in the knowledge that a vegan way of living is more beneficial than it is harmful. You will be preventing diet-related diseases, saving animals, your liver, and strengthening your blood.
— Vegan Tree Hugger (@v_treehugger) June 29, 2016
— Brenda G (@blgainey) November 30, 2016