Major news outlets across the globe had declared 2019 the "year of the vegan". Food giants like Unilever, Tyson, Mcdonald's, Burger King, KFC, and Subway were clamoring for a seat at the vegan food table, and vegan options like the Impossible Burger and Beyond burger gone mainstream.
Veganism excludes all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty. To eat a vegan diet means to follow a diet free of animal products.
A record number of Americans, especially young people, view it as a healthy, ethical, and sustainable way of eating.
Many health benefits are attributed to following a plant-based diet. "Research consistently shows that plant-based diets are linked with a lower risk of obesity, hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer", according to Sharon Palmer, a registered dietician, and author of Plant-Powered for Life.
Veganism also allows people who prioritize the humane treatment of animals, and those with concerns about the climate crisis, to support their values through food choices.
A study by the University of Oxford found that eliminating animal-derived foods is the single most effective way to reduce environmental impact.
In fact, going vegan can reduce your carbon footprint by over 70 percent.
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