Updated: May 6
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.
To read more about veganism, check out How Not to Die by Michael Greger.
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