As the interest in the vegan diet (and lifestyle) seems to be getting stronger and stronger over the last year or so and I feel great eating a plantbased diet, I thought I'd do a bit of a different post today and share 10 facts about the vegan diet! These facts only revolve around the idea of not eating animal products, so they do not include facts about a vegan lifestyle in general (like not buying non-food related animal by-products like leather, wool, etc. either) I just thought these were interesting to share - what are your thoughts on this subject?
1. One year's worth of showering equals to the amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef.
2. Many green vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach...) contain 50% calcium, whereas milk only has 32% of calcium! On top of that, our body has an incredibly hard time actually using the calcium from dairy and calcium absorption from vegetables is much less work for it.
3. Eating a plantbased diet allows you to eat more! Due to plantbased foods being naturally lower in calories (especially calories from fat), you can automatically eat more throughout the day without overloading on your daily caloric need. Especially animal foods like dairy (milk, cheese, butter) are naturally high in fat and calories, opposed to plantbased milks, margarine or even some dairy-free cheeses.
4. According to PETA, eating a vegan diet will save an average of 198 (!!) animals a year!
5. Animal farming is worse for our planet and the climate than all cars, planes, trains and boats combined.
6. Oreos are vegan! And don't they taste fantastic?!
7. People eating a vegan diet are a lot less likely to suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressures, certain kinds of cancer and heart disease.
8. It is often said that vegans are at higher risk of having low iron levels, but it has been found out that an important factor playing into iron deficiency is people consuming dairy! Dairy hinders the iron absorption of different foods, so eating a plantbased diet is actually more iron-absorption-friendly.
9. Several researches have found out that a vegan diet can feed by far more people than an omnivore diet. On one acre of land, 20 000 pounds of potatoes can be grown, whereas 165 pounds of beef can be produced with the same amount of land!
10. Often, people consuming a plantbased diet have a better body odour than omnivores.