Animal products are linked to cancers, obesity, auto-immune diseases, heart disease, and a variety of other illnesses. The vast majority of atherosclerosis and its morbidity and mortality are influenced mainly by diet. The most important dietary risks include diets high in trans & saturated fat, sodium, and processed meat, as well as diets low in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Can you guess what a whole foods, plant-based diet looks like? A high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, while eliminating or drastically reducing consumption of all animal products and oils. Basically, the exact opposite of all the above-stated risk factors for the world's leading cause of death!
If that isn't enough of a reason for you to join Team Plants, let me give you some others.
1. Environmental impact
According to the Water Education Foundation, it takes 2,464 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef in California. In comparison, it takes 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.
The United States Geological Survey reports that 40% of fresh water used in the U.S. in 2000 went to irrigate feed crops for livestock. Only 13% was used for domestic purposes (showers, flushing toilets, washing cars and watering lawns).
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of water pollution, species extinction, habitat destruction, and ocean dead zones.
Switching to a plant-based diet is by far the most important choice you can make to save water.
Take a look at this article by The Vegetarian Times for a greater description of the environmental impact of animal products in our diet.
2. Animal welfare
Over 56 billion animals are farmed each year for food. Unfortunately the image of Old MacDonald's farm that we were instilled with as children isn't an accurate reflection of how most animals raised for consumption are living their short lives. The harsh reality is much more disturbing and for that reason I will let you read the literature at your own discretion. If you're interested in learning about a more compassionate way of living, check out some of the links below.
3. Increased lifespan
Telomeres are involved in the aging process. They protect our DNA (genes) by acting as buffers at the ends of chromosomes. The average cell divides 50-70 times before cell death. Each time the cell divides, the telomeres on the end of the chromosome get shorter. Studies have shown that people with long telomeres live longer lives than people with short telomeres. Studies have also connected plant foods to longer telomeres. Additionally, plant foods are filled with antioxidants that can fight the oxidative stress related to telomere shrinking. This can prevent and even reverse cellular aging! Pretty cool, huh? That's the power of plants!
Check out this video for a more detailed/scientific description:
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