Choosing to become a vegan is no easy decision. Well, at least it wasn’t for me. Personally, in the beginning, becoming vegan meant giving up chocolate, sweets and most importantly cheese. It sounded like a challenge, a challenge I was more than happy to take on. Yet, with the right research and hours trailing through supermarket shelves, it is easy to find vegan alternatives to all of your non-vegan favourites.
1. Veganism protects animals from the food industry. After watching countless documentaries on the subject, I decided that a vegan lifestyle was something I wished to pursue. I watched a whole host of programs, from Vegucated to Earthlings and everyone seemed to show the wide range of benefits of a plant-based diet on the animal population. My eyes were opened into a whole host of animal-welfare issues that lay out of the public eye.
2. Maintaining a vegan diet has many proven health benefits. As an aspiring medic, I took a greater interest in the effect a vegan diet can have on the body than animal-welfare issues. Benefits include reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
3. Veganism has a direct positive impact on the environment. Farming for agriculture has a negative effect on the environment. Animal waste must be disposed of and in doing so the environment becomes more polluted. Farming uses resources that would otherwise be used to feed humans.